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://twitter.com/BetoORourke

https://www.instagram.com/betoorourke/

Powered By People:

https://poweredxpeople.org/

https://twitter.com/poweredxpeople

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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