Birth Name: Robert Francis O’Rourke
Place of Birth: El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 26, 1972
Ethnicity: Irish, Welsh, English, Scottish, German, distant Swiss-German
Beto O’Rourke is an American politician and businessperson. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2019.
Beto is the son of Melissa Martha (Williams) and Pat Francis O’Rourke, an El Paso county judge. His father was state chairman of Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign.
He uses the nickname “Beto,” from the Spanish nickname from names ending in “berto.” Beto grew up in a heavily Hispanic community, and is fluent in Spanish.
Beto is married to educator Amy Hoover Sanders, with whom he has three children. Amy’s father is real estate businessperson and developer William D. Sanders (William Davis Sanders). William is of mostly German Jewish descent.
Beto’s paternal grandfather was John Francis O’Rourke (the son of James Francis O’Rourke and Anna Elizabeth Lloyd). John was born in Texas. James was the son of Bernard O’Rourke, who was Irish, and of Mary Anne McDermott, who had Irish ancestry. Beto’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Wales, the daughter of John Loyd and Mary Ann Price, from Llansantffraed.
Beto’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Rowena/Rowene Jasper (the daughter of Newton Marion Jasper and Onora/O’Nora/Nora Belle Dressler). Mildred was born in Kansas. Newton was the son of Silas Marion Jasper and Mary Jane Elder. Onora was the daughter of Gottfried Jacob “Fritz” Dressler and Lucinda Susan Harlan.
Beto’s maternal grandfather was Robert Lee Williams, Jr. (the son of Robert Lee Williams and Eunice Bird). Robert was born in Georgia. Beto’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Columbus Marion Williams and Alice Percy Cashion/Cashan. Eunice was the daughter of Josiah Bird and Laura Mercer.
Beto’s maternal grandmother is Charlotte Marguerite Brooks (the daughter of Lewis Centennial Brooks and Marguerite Peil). Charlotte was born in Wisconsin. Lewis was the son of George Lewis Brooks and Charlotte Wilson, who was Canadian. Marguerite was the daughter of Leo A. Peil and Elizabeth Catherine Fyans.
Genealogy of Beto O’Rourke – https://gw.geneanet.org
Beto’s paternal grandfather, John Francis O’Rourke, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Beto’s maternal grandfather, Robert Lee Williams, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Beto’s maternal grandfather, Robert Lee Williams, Jr. – https://www.newspapers.com
Beto’s maternal grandmother, Charlotte Marguerite Brooks, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org