Beto O’Rourke is a household name for anyone who follows U.S. politics, most notably the race for the 2018 senatorial election in Texas and most recently the 2020 presidential primary, and Amy Hoover Sanders has been seen next to him in almost all of his campaigns. But not much is known about this woman, who has been identified as the politician’s wife.
Well, Amy is no ordinary American woman who was lucky enough to marry a popular congressman. Mrs. O’Rourke has a lot of influence. Amy Hoover Sanders was born in 1983 to Louann and William Sanders. She was born in El Paso, Texas, where she also grew up. Here are the things you should know about her.
Amy Hoover Sanders Is Passionate about Education
We have it on record that Beto O’Rourke’s wife graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a degree in psychology. From what we found out, Sanders has always had a passion for teaching. So it was only natural that after graduating from college she decided to take up teaching.
As far as we know, she started teaching in Guatemala. For one year she taught students at one of the local schools in the Central American country. She then returned to El Paso, where she took a job as a first and second-grade teacher.
She Even Co-founded a Charter School
In an effort to live out her passion as a teacher to the fullest, Amy Hoover Sanders founded a charter school in her hometown called La Fe Preparatory School. She was its director until 2013 and taught first and second-grade students. Sanders is currently the school’s director.
In addition to her work with the school, Amy is the director of Choose to Excel. The program aims to improve the standard of education in El Paso. The passionate teacher also worked for seven years with a non-profit organization called Centro de Salu Familiar La Fe.
Beto O’Rourke’s Wife Is also an Entrepreneur
Together with her husband, she founded a software development company called Stanton Street Technology in 1999. Sanders was president of the company from 2013 to 2017. She resigned only to support her husband’s senatorial race against Ted Cruz of the Republican Party.
At this time she became more visible to many Americans who knew almost nothing about her until then. Although her husband lost the race, Amy Hoover Sanders has not been forgotten.
Amy Hoover Sanders’ Marriage To Beto O’Rourke
It is said that their paths first crossed on a blind date in 2004. They were arranged for the date by mutual friends and traveled to the Kentucky Bar in Juarez, Mexico, for their first outing.
Four months after they met, Amy and Beto became engaged on April Fool’s Day. Six months later, they were married. That was September 24, 2005; the event took place at the Sanders family ranch in Lamy, New Mexico.
Your association has seen the birth of 3 lovely children: Ulysses (born 2007), Molly (born 2008) and Henry (born 2011).
She Hails from an Influential Family
Amy Hoover Sanders is the daughter of William Sanders and Louann H. Feuille Sanders, both prominent in El Paso, Texas. The greatness of her family did not begin with her parents. Her grandparents were people of high social standing. While her maternal grandfather (Richard Harlan Feuille) was a World War II veteran who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his services, her paternal grandfather owned an advertising agency.
Sanders’ father was born in 1941 in Ramsey, Minnesota, but grew up in El Paso, Texas. He is a graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. William later made billions in real estate. He founded LaSalle Partners, a real estate company that merged with Jones Lang Wooton in 1999 to form Jones Lang LaSalle.
At that time, the man managed a real estate portfolio worth 20 billion dollars. This helped him to create a company called Security Capital, one of the most successful real estate companies of the time. It was later sold to General Electric for over 2 billion dollars.
His wife Louann Sanders can rightly be considered the progenitor of Amy Hoover Sanders’ passion for teaching. She currently holds an important position in the education sector. Amy’s mother is the director of La Fe Preparatory Charters School. She is also the Director of Educational Development for the La Fe Community Development Corporation.
What’s Amy Hoover Sanders’ Net Worth?
The fact that her father has business interests worth a few billion has led to speculation about the billionaire heiress of Beto O’Rourke. However, that may not be true.
According to Forbes, her father’s net worth is probably just over $500 million. That doesn’t make her a billionaire heiress, but it doesn’t mean she’s in bad shape either. The wife of the former presidential candidate has a combined fortune of $16 million with her husband. $5 million of that comes from her trust fund.