Outgoing Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) has been honored as “El Pasoan of the Year” by El Paso Inc. following his narrow 2018 Senate loss in the ruby-red state.

O’Rourke, who lost his bid in November to unseat incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIn partisan slugfest, can Chip Roy overcome Trump troubles? Cruz: Hunter Biden attacks don't move 'a single voter' GOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation MORE (R-Texas) in a race that was much closer than most recent races in the Lone Star State, was awarded the honor by his hometown’s weekly business magazine on Sunday.

The congressman, who has hinted at a possible 2020 White House bid, lauded his hometown in an interview with the journal, saying he “loved using El Paso as the example throughout the campaign.”


“It’s so much of what’s right with the country and is what I want the rest of the country to see,” he continued.

“There’s so many ways El Paso itself is the answer to this moment and the answer to the question the country is asking about itself: ‘Who are we?’ ” he continued.

O'Rourke won 48 percent of the vote in the Texas Senate election, losing to Cruz by 3 points.

O'Rourke was able to raise a record $80 million during the election cycle, according to a local Fox affiliate, despite only accepting individual contributions to his campaign and refusing money from political action committees.

“Putting politics aside, I don’t think anyone has put a more positive light on El Paso in the history of our community on a national basis,” Josh Hunt, an El Paso businessman, said to the station of O'Rourke's honor. “For a community always fighting so many misconceptions, no one has more effectively communicated the true realities of living on the border and its benefits to the state and country.”

“He is an extraordinary public servant and an even more extraordinary candidate,” O’Rourke’s successor, Rep.-elect Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Trump's illness sparks new urgency for COVID-19 deal MORE (D), also told the station. 

“He has raised the bar as an elected official and set a new standard for community engagement,” she added.

In November, O'Rourke said he would not rule out a run for president in 2020, backtracking on previous statements that he would not seek the White House.