The name Beto O’Rourke won’t sound strange to anyone who follows events in America’s political circle, most especially as it concerns the 2018 Texas Senate Race. Throughout the campaign trail, wherever you see Beto, you will most likely see Amy Hoover Sanders beside him, but yet 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 fortunate enough to get married to a popular Congressman. In her own right, as well as being from an influential Texas family, Mrs. O’Rourke commands a lot of influence as she also has a good career going for her. Find out more below.
Who is Amy Hoover Sanders, Beto O’Rourke’s Wife?
Amy Hoover Sanders is a Texas woman who was born to Louann and William Sanders, sometime in 1983, in El Paso, Texas where they raised her. There are no records yet of what high school she attended but we have it as a concrete fact that Amy enrolled and graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a degree in psychology.
Reports have it that Sanders had always had a passion for teaching and following her college graduation, she decided to pursue her passion as a teacher. She started off in Guatemala by teaching kindergarten pupils for a year at Colegio Americano de Guatemala before returning to El Paso in 2004 where she began teaching first and second-grade pupils.
Still, in a bid to live her teaching passion to the fullest, Amy Hoover Sanders co-founded a charter school in her home town called La Fe Preparatory School. She served as its superintendent until 2013 as she also taught the school’s first and second-grade students. Currently, Sanders serves as the school’s executive director and has gone on to have stakes in other spheres of human capital development.
She jointly founded a software development and website building company called Stanton Street Technology with her husband in 1999. She served as the company’s president from 2013 to 2017. To add to all these, this passionate teacher at the time also worked with a nonprofit organization called Centro de Salu Familiar La Fe for 7 years as a way of giving back to her community.
Sanders stepped down as the president of Stanton Street Technology in 2017 to support her Democrat husband’s senate race against Republican Ted Cruz. It was at this time that she became more visible to a lot of Americans who hitherto knew her. Though her husband lost the senatorial race, Mrs. O’Rourke has not been forgotten in a hurry and might never be.
Looking back at how Beto O’Rourke and Amy Hoover Sanders met, their parts are reported to have first crossed in 2004 while on a blind date. Following this, they began their friendship as things progressed smoothly between them. Their first date was said to be at the Kentucky Club, right across the Mexican border and by September 24, 2005 and they tied the knot at the Sanders’ family ranch in Lamy, New Mexico.
The union between the two has seen to the birth of 3 lovely children: Ulysses (born in 2007), Molly (born in 2008) and Henry (born in 2011).
Family – Parents
As mentioned above, Amy Hoover Sanders is the daughter of William Sanders and Louann H. Feuille Sanders who are both influential in El Paso, Texas. The greatness of her family did not only start with her parents as her grandparents, both paternal and maternal, were also people of high social standing in their own time. Her paternal grandfather owned an advertising agency while her maternal grandfather, Richard Harlan Feuille, was a WWII veteran who received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.
Her father, William Sanders, who was born in 1941 in Ramsey, Minnesota, but raised in El Paso, Texas, is a graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that went on to make billions from the real estate business. He founded the real estate firm, LaSalle Partners, which merged with Jones Lang Wooton to become Jones Lang LaSalle in 1999.
Sanders at a time managed a real estate portfolio worth $20 billion, which helped him begin a company called Security Capital, one of the most successful real estate firms at the time that was later sold to GE for over $2 billion.
On the other hand, Louann Sanders can be rightfully seen as the progenitor of Amy Hoover Sanders passion for teaching. On her profile, she is listed as the director of education development for the La Fe Community Development Corporation, in addition to serving as the executive director of the La Fe Preparatory charter school.