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Who are Beto O'Rourke's wife, children, parents and in-laws?

Trish Long, El Paso Times Published 1:36 p.m. MT March 11, 2019 | Updated 9:15 p.m. MT March 12, 2019CLOSE Meet Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso politician who has his sights set on Washington D.C. Wochit, WochitBeto O’Rourke married his wife, Amy, in 2005, about a year after they met on a blind date. They…

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Published 1:36 p.m. MT March 11, 2019 | Updated 9:15 p.m. MT March 12, 2019

 

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Meet Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso politician who has his sights set on Washington D.C.
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Beto O’Rourke married his wife, Amy, in 2005, about a year after they met on a blind date. They crossed the border to Juarez, Mexico, and went to that city’s famous Kentucky Club, which claims to have invented the margarita.

She is part of an El Paso nonprofit, CREEED, that promotes educational attainment and opportunity in El Paso. It has also been linked to the expansion of charter schools in the area.

Who is Amy O’Rourke?

Amy O’Rourke, who is nine years younger than Beto, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Williams College in Massachusetts.

She started her career as an educator in Guatemala, where she taught kindergarten. After returning to El Paso in 2004, she began working with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, and helped create the health and human services organization’s preparatory school — a dual-language kindergarten through eighth grade. Amy O’Rourke was the first superintendent of the school in South El Paso’s Segundo Barrio and served from 2007 to 2012.

Amy O’Rourke took over the company her husband founded, Stanton Street Technology Group, in January 2013, after he was first elected to Congress. She sold her stake in the company in 2017, during Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign.

O’Rourke children

Beto and Amy O’Rourke had their first child, Ulysses, about a year after getting married.

During a chat on Twitter, Beto O’Rourke said Ulysses was named for the character in Homer’s “The Odyssey,” which is one of his favorite books. “We didn’t have the guts to name him Odysseus,” he wrote. He often used a more colorful term for “guts” during his Senate stump speech, Texas Monthly reported.

Odyssey! Named our son Ulysses because we didn’t have the guts to name him Odysseus.

— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 29, 2018

The O’Rourkes had Molly about a year after Ulysses was born, and Henry was born about three years after Molly. All three attend the same public schools their dad did.

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Beto O’Rourke’s father, mother, siblings

Beto O’Rourke followed his father into politics. Patrick “Pat” Francis O’Rourke served as a county commissioner and county judge in El Paso. He was elected as a Democrat, but in the late 1990s, he ran an unsuccessful race to reclaim the county judge spot as a Republican. He died in an accident in 2001, when a car struck his recumbent bicycle.

O’Rourke’s mother, Melissa, operated three furniture stores in El Paso, but announced the closure of the last one, Charlotte’s Furniture, in 2017. The announcement came after her son had launched his Senate campaign, but she said at the time that her decision was unrelated. “For me, it’s my personal life,” she said. “I’m just ready to call it.”

Melissa O’Rourke’s businesses became an issue during Beto’s Senate campaign, when Ted Cruz’s campaign called Beto a hypocrite for advocating for changes in sales tax policies.

Cruz said O’Rourke had failed to mention an 2010 federal court settlement involving his mother’s furniture store. O’Rourke said at the time that the case had long been resolved.

Charlotte’s Furniture was accused of manipulating financial records in the early 2000s. It was charged as a corporate entity and pleaded guilty in 2010, agreeing to pay a $250,000 fine. The shop accepted more than $630,000 in cash payments from an unidentified customer and altered records so daily transactions were not reported to the IRS.

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A less serious allegation about Beto O’Rourke’s mother involved a stump speech line about his “lifelong Republican” mother who was now supporting him for the Senate in Texas. However, he acknowledged in a BuzzFeed article, that his characterization of Melissa O’Rourke wasn’t entirely accurate. CNN later reported that she had primarily voted in Democratic primaries since 2000 and that she had donated to both Republican and Democratic candidates, including Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz in 2012 and Barack Obama in 2007.

O’Rourke is the oldest of three children. His two sisters are Erin and Charlotte. Charlotte often joined their mother, Melissa, on the campaign trail for Beto.

Amy O’Rourke’s father, mother, siblings

Amy O’Rourke is the daughter of William “Bill” Sanders, a real-estate mogul whose net worth was estimated at about $500 million by Forbes magazine. Her mother is Louann Feuille Sanders, a member of a prominent El Paso family.

Amy’s maternal grandfather Richard Harlan Feuille was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service in World War II before practicing law in El Paso, where he was the president of the local Bar Association.

Amy is one of five children. She has two brothers, Richard and Pablo, and two sisters, Marianna and Christina.

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Car accident kills three, including an El Paso man, Sunday in New Mexico

Sun-News report Published 9:00 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 | Updated 9:01 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Do you know what to do if you’re in an accident? WochitHIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal…

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HIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.

New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal head-on collision at mile marker 19, near Lordsburg, about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Police said a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling east on Interstate 10, when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the center median and hit a west-bound 2013 Kenworth semi-truck head on. The Freightliner’s trailer hit a 1999 Dodge pickup that was also traveling west. Both semi-trucks caught on fire.

Three people died in the crash: Sean White, 50, of West Covina, California, was the driver of the Freightliner; Jose Apodaca, 47, of El Paso, was the driver of the Kenworth; and Susan Rojo, 47, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was a passenger in the Dodge.

A 51-year-old male driving the Dodge and a 13-year-old female passenger in the pickup, both believed to be from Arizona, were transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor and seat belt use has not been determined. Police are continuing to investigate.

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Beto campaign manager was aide to Barack Obama in 2012, signals shift in O'Rourke strategy

John C Moritz, El Paso Times Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Linguist Roberto Perezdiaz sheds light on the pronunciation and mispronunciation of the nickname ‘Beto.’ Mark R Lambie, El Paso TimesThe move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political…

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Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019

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The move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political talent as he seeks to emerge from a crowded field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

A former top strategist for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort is joining Texan Beto O’Rourke as a campaign manager for his 2020 presidential bid.

The addition of Jen O’Malley Dillon gives O’Rourke a seasoned, high-level operative as he attempts to distinguish himself in a crowded field of candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump next year.

“We’re exited that Jen O’Malley Dillon has joined our team,” O’Rourke said Monday in text message forwarded by his campaign. “Her leadership and creativity will be a great addition to a campaign that is already doing so much to bring people together to overcome the greatest set of challenges this country has ever faced.”

I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice.

— Jen O’Malley Dillon (@jomalleydillon) March 25, 2019

O’Malley Dillon was Obama’s deputy campaign manager. She said in a series of tweets that as a mother of two she wants to make a better world for her children. Her hiring was first reported by the New York Times.

“I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice,” she said in one of the tweets.

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She added, “and not gonna lie, pretty excited for our kids to get a chance to live in El Paso, where” her husband grew up.

Her husband, Patrick Dillon, was the deputy director of political affairs and special assistant to Obama.

O’Malley Dillon is a co-founder of the political communications firm, Precision Strategies, which worked for Obama in 2012 and also represents the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation, according to its website.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, said the hiring of O’Malley Dillon is a signal O’Rourke recognizes that he cannot run his presidential bid with the same seat-of-the pants style that became a trademark in his narrow loss to U.S.Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas last year.

“Getting someone who knows what it takes to win, especially an old Obama hand, is huge,” Rottinghaus said. “Going from a U.S. Senate campaign to a presidential campaign is like going from the minor leagues to the major leagues. This says Beto knows he needs top talent.”

MORE: Beto fundraising record: $6.1 million from donors is an ‘important number’ for O’Rourke

O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman, gave up a safe Democratic seat representing El Paso to challenge Cruz. He entered the presidential race March 14 and immediately hit the road to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary and caucus states on next year’s political calendar.

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Days after saying he would join the presidential race, O’Rourke said he had raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after his formal announcement — the biggest first-day haul of any of the announced Democrats. He edged Bernie Sanders’ $5.9 million, raised from 223,000 individual donors. The O’Rourke campaign said later that it received 128,000 unique contributions.

O’Rourke plans what he’s calling a “launch” on Saturday with a morning rally in El Paso to be followed by two more home-state rallies — one in Houston that afternoon and a nighttime event in Austin, a block from the Texas Capitol.

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A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times Published 7:32 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 CLOSE If you know the man who on March 12 walked into the Walgreens at the Fountains at Farah and stole more than $600, you could earn a reward. Courtesy Crime Stoppers of El Paso, El Paso TimesA pedestrian was struck by a…

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A pedestrian was struck by a train early Tuesday morning in the Upper Valley, officials said.

The incident happened at Spur 16 and Doniphan Drive near Canutillo High School, El Paso Police Department officials said.

The pedestrian’s current condition and name were not released.

The El Paso Police Department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is investigating the accident.

No further information has been released.

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Aaron Martinez may be reached at 546-6249; aamartinez@elpasotimes.com; @AMartinez31 on Twitter.

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