Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will be teach at Texas State University in the spring, pending finalization of his hire, the university confirmed on Friday.
The university, about 30 miles south of Austin, said O’Rourke will teach a class on Texas politics.
“On Texas State, I’d be more inclined to discuss after Nov. 3, but bottom line, I am extraordinarily lucky to have a chance to teach at Texas State,” O’Rourke told the American-Statesman on Friday.
Texas State is a public university located in San Marcos and has more than 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, according to its website.
The University Star, the school’s student newspaper, first reported the news Thursday night. According to the paper’s report, Ken Grasso, the chair of the university’s department of political science, said O’Rourke was interested in teaching Texas politics courses.
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.
O’Rourke, 48, a former Democratic 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 last year.
Read the full report at UniversityStar.com