10 things about Beto O & # 39; Rourke

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By Dareh Gregorian

Beto O & # 39; Rourke Formally threw his hat in the ring to 2020 democratic presidential election nomination Thursday. Here are some things you may not know about the native Texan:

1. WIFE ON A BLIND DATE

Rourke met then Amy Hoover Sanders on blind date in El Paso after being set up by friends. He took her across the border to Juarez, Mexico, for drinks. "It was a bit of a test to see if she was up for an adventure," he told the Washington Post in 2017. They were married 10 months later.

2. WORK AS A NANNY

After graduating from Columbia University, Rourke worked after a few months as a live-in nanny for a family on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He took several other temporary concertsincluding as an artist for a company called Hedley's Humpers. Later he returned to El Paso, where he started his own media company called Stanton Street. It helped build and maintain websites and published a completely weekly style paper.

3. POLICY IN THE FAMILY

Rourke's Dad, Pat O & # 39; Rourke, El Paso County was commissioner from 1978 to 1982 and a county judge from 1982 to 1986. Father also worked on Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign in 1988.

4. NEXT NEXT

While best known for losing his Senate campaign against the incumbent Ted Cruz in 2018, Rourke had been 5-0 ahead of it. He was elected El Paso City Council in 2005, defeated a two-man man, and was later re-elected. He ran for Congress in 2012, and reportedly knocked on 16,000 doors to defeat an eight-man in the democratic primary. He earned three times before he put his senate bid where he was defeated by heavy favorite Cruz with a margin of 50.9 percent to 48.3 percent.

5. One & # 39; PUNK & # 39; KID

O & # 39; Rourke has said he got into punk music in eighth grade thanks to the classic Clash album "London Calling." He and three friends formed a band called Waterfall, and made a post called "El Paso Pussycats"in 1993. Rourke played bass.