Beto O’Rourke was born Robert Francis O’Rourke on the 26th September 1972 and is a Democratic politician in the United States of America. He represents Texas in the House of Representations since 2019 and whilst ultimately being unsuccessful, is notable for running for the Senate in 2018, losing out to Ted Cruz, as well as losing the race for the Democratic nomination in the presidential elections of 2020.
Born in Texas and studying in Columbia, O’Rourke started his career back in El Paso, where he was elected to the City Council, serving from 2005 to 2011, before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, defeating long time incumbent Silvestre Reyes.
Despite his ultimately failed attempt to win a Senate seat or the presidential nomination, what was important is the fact that he recorded the highest number of votes cast in Texas for a Democratic politician, during the Senat elections. This emphasises his popularity and the support for his political vision.
O’Rourke continues his political career to date and will continue to inspire those in Texas and across the United States, and we have done our best to collect the most inspirational quotes he has been linked with, to help people understand the man.
1. I have to convince other Democrats and Republicans that it’s wise to invest in the U.S.-Mexico border, not just for security, but also for mobility and trade, and that’s why we should open up the border.
2. We can either be governed by fear – fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, call the press the enemy of the people, tear kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border – or we can be governed by our ambitions and our aspirations and our desire to make the most out of all of us. And that’s America at its best.
3. Part of the job for me and others from El Paso who live along the border is to dispel the myths about how supposedly dangerous the border is.
4. El Paso in many ways is the Ellis Island for Mexico and much of Latin America.
5. Juarez had become a failed city. The mayor of Juarez lived in El Paso. Not only did he not live in his own city, he didn’t live in his own country. You had all these kids out of school who didn’t want to work because they saw their mothers toiling in jobs for hardly any cash.
6. In terms of immigration, we’re seeing a lot of Democrats and Republicans use the really elastic term, ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform,’ and they don’t totally understand what that means. For us in El Paso, it’s part of a larger discussion about the nature of the border.
7. I’m for the DREAM Act. It makes so much sense. Following the implementation of the DREAM Act, we’ll have a case study we can point to where we can say that we provided a path to citizenship or legal involvement in the community for these young immigrants, and the sky didn’t fall.
8. We in El Paso and Juarez are literally one community. There’s no separation; there’s no DMZ; there’s no buffer.
9. There were absolutely times in my life when I tried to get people to call me Robert.
10. There was something punk rock about Bobby Kennedy not going where the pollsters said or where consultants said. He was unmoored from what was safe or easy.
11. I’m the original co-sponsor of an assault weapons ban.
12. We will be judged. There will be an accounting; there will be a reckoning sooner or later. It will either come from ourselves and our own conscience, or it will come from our kids when they ask that inconvenient question: ‘What were you doing when they turned those kids back from the border?’
13.I don’t know how old I was when I first started going to shows, maybe 14 or 15, but very quickly, I discovered Dischord Records in D.C. and loved all the music on that catalog. I was a big Rites of Spring fan, Minor Threat, of course.
14. Politics has become very corporate. There’s a whole farm system for the teams. There’s decisions made at the top. There’s a lot of literal corporate involvement, PAC money involved in selecting and backing candidates.
15. One overlooked great 1980s rock n’ roll band, maybe punk rock – they were on SST Records, same label as Black Flag – is this band called the Leaving Trains.
16. I remember ordering records out of the Dischord catalog in the ’80s, and there would be a handwritten note.
17. We are not a fearful, small people. We are confident and strong, and we understand that much of our strength comes from the fact that we are a people of the planet.
18. I was born in ’72, and my dad was county judge of El Paso from ’82 to ’86. He was just as independent as he could be, and had an amazing joy in life and in being with people, which, from my perspective as a kid, was that he was always going to do the right thing, and damn the consequences – political or otherwise.
19. You have to tell the people that you want to serve what it is you believe and what you are going to do on their behalf.
20. I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights – anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
21. I think for some, the very wealthiest among us, for corporations, taxes are too low.
22. With all due respect to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, neither of them understand Texas, nor do they understand the U.S.-Mexico border.
23. The bottom line is that I’m very, very proud of my mom.
24. Giving low-level offenders a second chance, no matter the color of their skin or the economic status they hold, can create opportunity for all of us.
25. There is no excuse for making disrespectful and demeaning comments about women.
26. That’s the primary mission of ours: to protect the border, enhance the border, and capitalize on what the border has to offer. It’s the source of jobs, source of positive immigration stories.
27. We toured the U.S. and Canada for two years, which was a lot of fun. It was very much a do-it-yourself, punk-rock ethic of booking your own shows, sometimes sleeping on the floor of the club you had played or meeting folks that would take you in, or sleeping on the side of the road or at rest stops in the car.
28. I think competition always produces better results than a monopoly.
29. In the age of Trump, we need to be aware of emotional rhetoric and its power regardless of whether or not it’s based in fact.
30. The border is safe; it’s secure. El Paso is the safest city in America. Let’s own that. Let’s be proud of that. And then, I think, good policy can follow from that, better outcomes included.
31. I don’t know that my colleagues in Congress really care about what happens here in El Paso and in Juarez. They care what happens in their home district.
32. We want to play a great a role as possible in making sure this country lives up to the expectations.
33. No one is born to be president of the United States of America.
34. I think that’s the beauty of elections: You can’t hide from who you are. The more honestly and directly you communicate to people why you’re doing this, the way in which you want to serve them, I just think that the better, more informed decision that they can make.
35. The government at all levels is overly represented by white men. That’s part of the problem, and I’m a white man.
36. My dad was very critical and had very high expectations without a lot of the details filled in. It was, ‘I expect you to achieve greatness in grades, in athletics, in whatever you do.
37. What’s exciting to me is figuring out something that has eluded us for so long: How do we make sure every single person can see a doctor in this country? That’s really exciting to me.
38. Courage makes victory possible.
39. End racial and ethnic gerrymandering, stop voter I.D. laws that seek to suppress voters of color, and make sure everyone can add their voice and their vote to this great democracy.
40. We must ensure the economy really works for all, to address unconscionable wealth and income disparities that allow access to opportunity for some over others.
41. We must work towards solutions that make housing, transportation, the workforce, and higher education more equitable.
42. We cannot sacrifice our humanity in the name of security – or we risk losing both.
43. Not one of the 9/11 terrorists entered through Mexico – and yet Mexicans bore the brunt of this country’s immigration response to the terror attacks.
At almost every step of modern immigration policy and immigration politics,
44. we have exacerbated underlying problems and made things worse.
45. We’re all connected, related, part of one another’s lives through the stories we tell ourselves and each other. For good and for bad.
46. Our long memories hold the stories of what our people accomplished, but they also hold the prejudices, the injustices, the harm that we’ve received from others.
47. I think corporations should be asked to pay a greater share into the success of this country.
48. The goal should be universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care.
49. Let’s not put anybody down. Instead, let’s lift each other up. Let’s bring out the absolute best from our fellow Americans – every single one of them from every single community.
50. Here’s what we know: after the Secure Fence Act, we have built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000 mile border. What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer.
51. I will not put the life of an American service member on the line unless that is the option of last resort.
52. The world wants to know – is the future a democratic one or an autocratic one? And I want to make sure that the United States leads on that, clearly that it’s democratic.
53. Some will criticize the Green New Deal for being too bold or being unmanageable. I tell you what, I haven’t seen anything better that addresses this singular crisis we face, a crisis that could, at its worst, lead to extinction. The Green New Deal does that. It ties it to the economy and acknowledges that all of the things are interconnected.
54. As a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on or take for granted, I’ve clearly had advantages over the course of my life.
55. It’s nuts to me that people want to take a picture with me or want to tell me a story about their family. If they want to give it to me, I’ll always take it. It’s never intrusive.