The Texas Democrat unsuccessfully ran for Senate against Republican Ted Cruz in the 2018 election.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Sept. 26, 1972, O’Rourke is a fourth-generation native of the state, according to his Senate campaign website. O’Rourke spent some time in New York, but ultimately moved back to his home town and co-founded Stanton Street Technology Group, a software and technology company. His wife, Amy O’Rourke, was president of the company from January 2013 to April 2017.
O’Rourke was elected to represent Texas’ 16th Congressional District in 2012. He ran again in 2014 and 2016, serving three terms before deciding to run for Senate in 2018.
O’Rourke married his wife in 2005. They are parents to two sons, Ulysses and Henry, and a daughter named Molly.
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