Looking for those better angels

January 20, 2017

I'm writing to you as I fly back from the inauguration. Greetings from seat 14D.

I have to begin by telling you that despite my deep disappointment in the results of our Presidential election in November, today's inauguration deepened my faith in this country and my gratitude to be an American.

Topics: inauguration, president
The law trumps

January 13, 2017

I write to you from 22D on the first leg of my return flight home. If all goes well and my connecting flight from DFW to El Paso is on time, I’ll be home with Amy and the kids for the first time in more than two weeks by 9:30 tonight.

Topics: Gen. James Mattis, House Armed Services Committee
I was just sworn in

January 3, 2017

I literally just left the floor of the House of Representatives after being sworn into my third term. I’m taking a few minutes to compose some thoughts for you, hoping to bring you into this special experience. 

Topics: Congress, campaign finance reform, term limits
Taking a different approach

December 21, 2016

I will be sworn in to a new term in Congress in less than a month. It’s a good opportunity to think through how I can be most effective - in the legislation I propose, in the votes I take and in how I approach those issues where I can make a difference.

Topics: Congress, El Paso, newsletter
Finding Partners Where We Can

December 6, 2016

I'm looking for partners in areas like investing in infrastructure, fixing immigration --- and any number of other big ideas that have stalled over the last four years.

Topics: bipartisan, immigration reform
Looking Forward

November 29, 2016

I’m writing this at the El Paso International Airport, getting ready to board my flight back to Washington on a cold rainy morning. I got home from last night's townhall after the kids were asleep, and I left before they woke up. As always, it is tough to leave them.

Topics: DACA, border, immigration reform
Why are people scared of El Paso?

October 19, 2016

Ever wonder why people who don’t live on the border are scared of it?

Topics: TedTalk, TedxElPaso, border
Could Congressman's plan save the VA?

February 15, 2016

El Paso is piloting reforms for the VA that could improve outcomes for veterans throughout the country.

Topics: veterans
Learn from the Border

October 2, 2014

As we re-write this country's immigration law, many of the ideas and values should come from El Paso, Texas and other border communities.

Topics: border, immigration reform
Opportunity at the Border

October 1, 2014

There is tremendous value and opportunity at the U.S./Mexico Border, but too often the border is perceived as a threat. If we want to fully realize the opportunity and the potential that we see here in El Paso and all along the U.S./Mexico Border, it is important that we work to change that perception.

Topics: border
Veterans Take the Lead

October 1, 2014

Our veterans have honorable served our nation. It's time that our nation return the commitment. Congressman Beto O'Rourke fights to provide timely access to quality healthcare for all veterans and has worked to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for providing false information about access to care.

Topics: veterans
The Lessons of El Paso

September 27, 2014

Texas Border City Offers Case Study in the Perils of Populism, The Economist

Topics: El Paso, border, trade
Projecting ISIS Fears Onto Immigration

September 17, 2014

Congressman O'Rourke joins Chris Mathews on Hardball to challenge the view that there are terrorist threats at the southern border.

Topics: immigration reform
The Next 100 Years - El Paso

August 24, 2014

What will the next 100 years hold for El Paso? We have the talent, the ambition, and the leadership to restore our status as a national leader and a great American city.

Topics: El Paso, border
The Rush to Deport

July 15, 2014

Congressman Beto O'Rourke joins Chris Hayes on MSNBC's "All In" to talk about the unaccompanied Central American children seeking asylum at the U.S./Mexico Border.

Topics: border, immigration reform