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The Star Sitdown | Episode #23 – Beto O’Rourke (TXST Texas Politics Professor, Former Congressman)

The Star Sitdown | Episode #23 - Beto ORourke (TXST Texas Politics Professor, Former Congressman)

Hey all and welcome to another episode of The Star Sitdown! Today our guest is Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke served as District 16 State Representative from 2013 to 2019, after a six-year tenure on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011. O’Rourke is currently teaching Texas Politics, PS 4325, at Texas State University and conducting service work with his organization Powered By People. In today’s episode, we spoke about different aspects of Texas State University, gun laws, voter suppression, and O’Rourke’s potential run for governor.
This episode was edited by Podcast Producer William Rose-Hines
The Star Sitdown is a weekly podcast hosted by Podcast Editor Kim Davis Jr. highlighting interesting people and topics throughout the Texas State and San Marcos community.
Beto O’Rourke:

https://www.instagram.com/betoorourke/
Powered By People:

Powered By People



Timestamps:
0:00 – Intro
1:32 – O’Rourke’s experience at Texas State
3:35 – Teaching during increased political polarization
5:20 – O’Rourke’s future as an educator
6:57 – Gun laws amidst the recent mass shootings
10:12 – Desensitization to mass shootings and gun violence
12:20 – Citizens response to gun violence vs. politicians
16:02 – Senate Bill 7 (Voter suppression vs. election integrity)
20:55 – America’s pride in voting vs. the reality
22:48 – The future of democracy in America
26:24 – O’Rourke’s potential run for governor
27:50 – Conclusion

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