Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (born September 26, 1972) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for Texas‘s 16th congressional district. He was elected in November 2012, having defeated incumbent Representative Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary earlier that year. The district includes most of El Paso County.
Prior to his election to Congress, O’Rourke was on the El Paso City Council from June 2005 to June 2011. He adopted the nickname of “Beto” (from Spanish “Roberto”) to identify with his hometown district’s Latino-majority population. He is noted for his opposition to the War on Drugs.