Beto O’Rourke is a familiar name to anyone who follows the politics of the United States, most notably, the 2018 Texas Senatorial race and recently, the 2020 Presidential primaries. In almost all his campaigns, Amy Hoover Sanders was seen beside him. 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, Mrs. O’Rourke commands a lot of influence. Amy Hoover Sanders was born to Louann and William Sanders sometime in 1983. She was born in El Paso, Texas which is where she was raised. Below are the things you should know about her.
Amy Hoover Sanders’ Fact Sheet
She Is Passionate about Education
We have authenticated that Beto O’Rourke’s wife graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a degree in psychology. From what we gathered, Sanders has always had a passion for teaching. As such, it was only natural that she settled for being a teacher after she graduated from college.
To the best of our knowledge, she started teaching in Guatemala. She spent a year teaching pupils at one of the local schools in the Central American country. After that, she returned home to El Paso where she took up a job teaching pupils in first and second grades.
She Even Co-founded a Charter School
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 and taught its first and second-grade students. Currently, Sanders serves as the school’s executive director.
In addition to her work with the school, Amy is the director of Choose to Excel. The program seeks to improve the standard of education in El Paso. The passionate teacher also worked with a nonprofit organization called Centro de Salu Familiar La Fe for seven years.
Beto O’Rourke’s Wife Is also an Entrepreneur
She jointly founded a software development company called Stanton Street Technology with her husband in 1999. Sanders served as the company’s president from 2013 to 2017. She only stepped down from the position to support her husband’s senatorial race against Ted Cruz of the Republican party.
It was at this time that she became more visible to a lot of Americans who hitherto knew almost nothing about her. Though her husband lost the race, Amy Hoover Sanders has not been forgotten.
Her Marriage To Beto O’Rourke
It is said that their paths first crossed in 2004 while on a blind date. They were set up 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 got engaged on April Fool’s Day. Six months later, they got married. That was on the 24th of September 2005; the event held at the Sanders’ family ranch in Lamy, New Mexico.
Their union has seen the birth of 3 lovely children: Ulysses (born in 2007), Molly (born in 2008), and Henry (born in 2011).
She Hails from an Influential Family
Amy Hoover Sanders is the daughter of William Sanders and Louann H. Feuille Sanders, who are both prominent in El Paso, Texas. The greatness of her family did not start with her parents. Her grandparents were people of high social standing. While her maternal grandfather (Richard Harlan Feuille) was a WWII veteran who received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service, her paternal grandfather owned an advertising agency.
Sanders’ father was born in 1941 in Ramsey, Minnesota, but raised in El Paso, Texas. He is a graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. William went on to make billions from real estate. He founded LaSalle Partners, a real estate firm that merged with Jones Lang Wooton in 1999 to become Jones Lang LaSalle.
At a time, the man managed a real estate portfolio worth $20 billion. This helped him found a company called Security Capital, one of the most successful real estate firms at the time. It was later sold to General Electric for over $2 billion.
His wife Louann Sanders can be rightfully seen as the progenitor of Amy Hoover Sanders’ passion for teaching. She currently holds a significant position in the education sector. Amy’s mother is the executive director of the La Fe Preparatory charter school. In addition to that, she is the director of education 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 couple of billions has engendered speculations about Beto O’Rourke’s wife being a billionaire heiress. However, that might not be true.
According to Forbes, her father’s net worth is likely just over $500 million. While that doesn’t make her a billionaire heiress, it doesn’t mean she is doing too badly either. The wife of the former presidential candidate has a joint net worth of $16 million with her husband. $5 million out of that came from her trust fund.