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Beto O'Rourke

Former U.S. Representative


O’Rourke represented Texas’ 16th Congressional District in El Paso from 2013-19. He rose to national prominence during his closer-than-expected, though ultimately unsuccessful, challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. Despite his defeat, O’Rourke set a record for most votes ever cast for a Democrat in Texas history. In 2019, O’Rourke sought the 2020 Democratic nomination for U.S. president.