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Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will be teaching at Texas State University, the University Star, the school’s student newspaper, reported Thursday.

According to the report, Ken Grasso, the chair of the university’s department of political science, said O’Rourke was interested in teaching Texas politics courses.

The department told the University Star that the university is trying to finish the official hiring process.

O’Rourke will join the department as an instructor teaching a synchronous online class, according to the Star.

The newspaper also reported that O’Rourke would start teaching at the university in 2021.


Beto O’Rourke Texas Senator candidate greets supporters and volunteers at polling site located at Mesita Elementary School early Tuesday morning.

El Paso Times

O’Rourke, 48, a former U.S. congressman from El Paso, challenged Republican Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat in 2018.

Although O’Rourke lost, his surprisingly close finish in a traditionally red state ended up earning him admirers and support beyond the borders of the Lone Star State. His newfound popularity propelled a short-lived bid for the White House in 2019.

The public university is located in San Marcos and has more than 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, according to its website.

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