Institute of Politics

Beto O'Rourke

Former Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas’ 16th Congressional District

  • Winter-Spring 2023 Pritzker Fellow

  • Seminars


Beto O'Rourke leads Powered by People, a Texas-based voting rights and voter registration organization. He has served on the El Paso City Council and in the U.S. House of Representatives and ran twice for statewide office in Texas. He has taught courses on voting rights and Texas politics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Texas State University. He is the author of We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible. He lives in El Paso, Texas with his wife Amy and their children, Ulysses, Molly and Henry.


"What Texas Means for the Future of American Democracy"

In these seminars, we will discuss some key historical moments and movements in Texas that contributed to the expansion of American democracy, and which might help us understand our present circumstances and the ways in which we can overcome our most pressing political challenges.

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