EL PASO, Texas — Newly announced presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is making national headlines, but where did he get his start?
O’Rourke was born in El Paso, Texas on Sept. 26, 1972.
He attended El Paso High School for two years before moving to an all-boys boarding school, Woodberry Forest School, in Woodberry Forest, Virginia.
After high school, O’Rourke attended Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature.
About 10 years later, O’Rourke made his way back to El Paso, where he served on City Council from 2005 to 2011.
In 2012, O’Rourke began to make a name for himself when he challenged incumbent Silvestre Reyes for Texas’ 16 congressional district House seat.
He defeated Reyes and held the seat for six years.
O’Rourke left his seat in attempt to challenge long-time Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
He was defeated by Cruz, but brought himself into a national spotlight.
O’Rourke did not leave the political world.
He has continued to indulge in politics by showing his support for social justice movements, and pushing back against President Donald Trump’s comments about El Paso being a “dangerous city.”
O’Rourke will hold a rally in his hometown March 30.
O'Rourke was arrested twice in El Paso in the 1990's.
Once for burglary after trespassing at UTEP, but that charge was later dropped. The second time was for DWI. He completed a misdemeanor diversion program for the DWI.