• CRUZ, RAFAEL EDWARD "TED"
Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Senator, United States Senate, 2012-present
Campaign Status: Running
Home State: Texas
Total Raised: $92,634,918Coverage End: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Campaign Website: https://www.tedcruz.org/
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Personal

    Full Name: Rafael 'Ted' Edward Cruz
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Heidi; 2 Children: Caroline, Catherine
    Birth Date: 12/22/1970
    Birth Place: Calgary, Canada
    Home City: Houston, TX
    Religion: Christian

Education

    JD, Harvard Law School, 1995
    AB, Public Policy, Princeton University, 1992

Political Experience

    Senator, United States Senate, 2012-present
    Domestic Policy Advisor, Bush Presidential Campaign, 1999-2000

Current Legislative Committees

    Armed Services, Member
    Commerce, Science and Transportation, Member
    Joint Economic Committee, Member
    Judiciary, Member
    Rules and Administration, Member
    Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, Member
    Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts, Member
    Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, Member
    Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, Member
    Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Member
    Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Member
    Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, Member
    Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, Chair
    Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, Chair
    Subcommittee on Seapower, Member
    Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Member
    Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, Member

Professional Experience

    Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership, 2008-present
    Adjunct Professor of Law, United States Court Litigation, University of Texas School of Law, 2004-2009
    Solicitor General of Texas, Office of the Attorney General, 2003-2008
    Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, 2001-2003
    Coordinator, Department of Justice, Bush-Cheney Transition Team, 2000-2001
    Associate Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 2001
    Associate, Cooper/Carvin & Rosenthal, 1997-1999
    Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, 1996-1997
    Law Clerk, Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1995-1996

About Ted Cruz

Senator Rafael Edward Cruz, the son a former political prisoner of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, is probably the most prominent member of the intellectual spine of the Tea Party movement. The staunchly conservative Latino is also frequently spoken of as one of the most brilliant members of the current Congress.

Cruz was widely viewed as one of the top constitutional litigators in the country, and in 2010, was named as one of the “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century” by the respected weekly newspaper Texas Lawyer. Several other publications, namely, Chambers USA, Legal 500, and Law 360, referred to him as one of the top appellate litigators in the country.

In 2012, with the endorsement of several party heavyweights – Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and Ron Paul, to name a few – and the Tea Party, the relatively unknown Cruz ran against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for the 2012 Senatorial election. After finishing ten points behind Dewhurst in the first round of balloting, Cruz defeated his opponent by 13 percent in the run off, clearing the way for a match up against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler. On November 6, 2012, Cruz defeated Sadler by a thumping 16 points to secure a seat in the United States Senate.

Within months of his arrival in the Senate, Cruz was appointed to four Senate Committees, and is the ranking member on two subcommittees, Science and Space, and Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. His supporters are quietly confident that Senator Cruz is destined for much greater things.

Total: 57
Gay Republican confronts Ted Cruz over same-sex marriage

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz cited religious liberty and states' rights when asked by a gay Republican Monday what he would do as president to protect same-sex couples.

04/18/2016
Julia Manchester | CNN
Ted Cruz Gets Away With Blatant Nonsense On Abortion As Scientists Keep Quiet

Cruz may or may not be right about whether young people are more pro-life than they have ever been—Gallup’s yearly polling does not support that claim.

04/18/2016
By Arthur Caplan | FORBES
Where Was Ted Cruz Radicalized?

When GOP presidential candidate, Ted Cruz stated, “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” I chuckled.

04/14/2016
Yasmina Blackburn | huffingtonpost
Trump, Cruz Give Few Straight Answers on Gay Marriage

For years gay marriage has been on the front lines of the culture wars, but in 2016 it’s hard to get a straight answer on the issue from the Republican frontrunners.

04/11/2016
CYNICAL | thedailybeast
Dear Fellow Americans: Cruz Has Turned This Country Into a Tinderbox

Ted Cruz made an alarming statement in the wake of the attacks in Brussels

03/27/2016
By Sofia Ali-Khan | The Huffington Post
Ted Cruz Probably Can't Save The GOP Establishment From Donald Trump

Even if John Kasich drops out, the forecast doesn’t look good for Cruz.

03/24/2016
By Janie Velencia | The Huffington Post
Why Ted Cruz Should Drop Everything And Watch 'Zootopia' Immediately

The #1 movie in the country could teach him a lot about the problem with racial profiling.

03/24/2016
By Emily Peck | The Huffington Post
Dear Cruz: If the World Looked Like Dearborn, There'd Be No Terrorism

his time it was Ted Cruz, calling for increased security in “Muslim neighborhoods” in the wake of a tragedy in Brussels.

03/23/2016
By Brian Stone | The Huffington Post
Jeb Bush Endorses Ted Cruz For President

The former Florida governor dropped out of the race last month.

03/23/2016
By Alana Horowitz Satlin | The Huffington Post
Ted Cruz Wins Utah Republican Caucus

The state’s caucus format and Mormon electorate helped him build a path to victory.

03/23/2016
By Ariel Edwards-Levy | The Huffington Post
Ted Cruz's New Adviser Is Even More Anti-Muslim Than Donald Trump

Here are some of the most Islamophobic theories spun out of the mind of Frank Gaffney.

03/17/2016
By Jessica Schulberg | The Huffington Post
Ted Cruz Wins Idaho Republican Primary

The Texas senator bolsters his case that he's the alternative to Donald Trump.

03/09/2016
By Tyler Tynes | The Huffington Post
Ted Cruz Drops His Hold On Flint Water Deal

But other senators could still be holding up the legislation.

02/25/2016
By Laura Barron-Lopez & Arthur Delaney | The Huffington Post
In Texas homecoming, Ted Cruz remembers the Alamo

"America is besieged. We are besieged by an assault from Washington that is taking away jobs and piling debt on our children," he said.

02/24/2016
By David Weigel | The Washington Post
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott endorses Ted Cruz for president

The high-profile backing comes days before Texas votes on Super Tuesday.

02/24/2016
By Katie Zezima | The Washington Post
Cruz brass to Ted: Lay off Marco

Focus on Trump instead, they say, as attacks on Rubio have backfired. 

02/23/2016
By Katie Glueck | POLITICO
Shouts of 'liar' are taking their toll on Ted Cruz's campaign

The Texas senator faces calls for a shake-up in message and strategy ahead of Super Tuesday contests.

02/23/2016
By Katie Zezima | The Washington Post
The Presidential Apprentice: How Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Can Lose the U.S. Presidency

The Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses to be held on March 1 are shaping up to be quite intriguing now that the results of contests of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina have left presidential campaign waters muddy.

02/22/2016
By Timothy J. Barnett | The Huffington Post
Cruz vs. Cruz on Pentagon spending

The Republican presidential hopeful is calling for a military buildup that would blow through the very same budget caps he has championed by hundreds of billions of dollars.

02/18/2016
By Jeremy Herb and Austin Wright | POLITICO
Cruz ad hits Trump on federal lands

Ted Cruz’s campaign on Thursday released an ad aimed at front-runner Donald Trump in Nevada, drawing a plain contrast between the Texas senator and the billionaire on a potent topic in the Mountain West: federal land use.

02/18/2016
By Nolan D. McCaskill | POLITICO
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Oppose
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Strongly Support
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Oppose
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Support
7. Make voter registration easier

No Opinion
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Oppose
9. Avoid foreign entanglements

Oppose
10. Expand the military

Strongly Support
11. Support & expand free trade

Strongly Support
12. Support American Exceptionalism

Strongly Support
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Strongly Support
14. Expand ObamaCare

Strongly Oppose
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Strongly Oppose
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Support
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Oppose
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Oppose
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Support
Total: 157
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
07/23/2015 S.1853 A bill to limit the availability of funding for contributions to the United Nations if the arms embargo on Iran pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1747 and 1929 is lifted. 07/23/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
07/21/2015 S.1804 Repeal CFPB Act 07/21/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
07/21/2015 S.Res.226 A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the street between the intersections of 16th Street, Northwest and Fuller Street, Northwest and 16th Street, Northwest and Euclid Street... 07/21/2015 Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (text of measure as introduced: CR S5214)
07/21/2015 S.Res.224 A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the area between the intersections of International Drive, Northwest and Van Ness Street, Northwest and International Drive, Northwest and... 07/21/2015 Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (text of measure as introduced: CR S5213)
07/14/2015 S.1762 Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015 07/14/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
06/18/2015 S.1627 Human Rights Accountability Act of 2015 06/18/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
06/17/2015 S.1593 Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act of 2015 06/17/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
05/12/2015 S.1297 U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act 07/22/2015 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 159.
04/23/2015 S.1080 Protect Marriage from the Courts Act of 2015 04/23/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
04/23/2015 S.J.Res.12 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to marriage. 04/23/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
03/19/2015 S.825 SISA Act 03/19/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
03/18/2015 S.791 American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015 03/18/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
03/18/2015 S.J.Res.11 A joint resolution disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014. 03/18/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
03/18/2015 S.J.Res.10 A joint resolution disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014. 03/18/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
03/03/2015 S.647 Health Care Choice Act of 2015 03/03/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
02/10/2015 S.435 State Marriage Defense Act of 2015 02/10/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
02/02/2015 S.339 ObamaCare Repeal Act 02/03/2015 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 11.
02/02/2015 S.336 ObamaCare Repeal Act 02/02/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
01/28/2015 S.274 A bill to prohibit the Department of the Treasury from assigning tax statuses to organizations based on their political beliefs and activities. 01/28/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
01/28/2015 S.273 A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the intentional discrimination of a person or organization by an employee of the Internal Revenue Service. 07/29/2015 Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts. Hearings held.
Total: 53
Date Bill Number Bill Title Result Vote
06/08/2015 S.Amdt.1853 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 71 Yeas - 25 Nays Nay
06/03/2015 S.Amdt.1578 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 71 Yeas - 25 Nays Nay
06/02/2015 S.Amdt.1475 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 71 Yeas - 25 Nays Nay
04/28/2015 S.Amdt.1177 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 98 Yeas - 1 Nays Yea
04/23/2015 S.Amdt.1151 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 98 Yeas - 1 Nays Yea
04/23/2015 S.Amdt.1150 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 98 Yeas - 1 Nays Yea
04/23/2015 S.Amdt.1147 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 98 Yeas - 1 Nays Yea
04/23/2015 S.Amdt.1145 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 98 Yeas - 1 Nays Yea
04/23/2015 S.Amdt.1141 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 98 Yeas - 1 Nays Yea
04/14/2015 S.Amdt.1116 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 92 Yeas - 8 Nays Nay
03/25/2015 S.Amdt.935 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/25/2015 S.Amdt.607 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/24/2015 S.Amdt.517 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/24/2015 S.Amdt.515 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
01/20/2015 S.Amdt.73 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Yea
12/10/2014 S.Amdt.3996 Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 89 Yeas - 11 Nays Nay
11/18/2014 S.Amdt.3945 Carl Levin National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 0 Yeas - 0 Nays Not Voting
09/18/2014 S.Amdt.3844 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 78 Yeas - 22 Nays Nay
08/01/2014 S.Amdt.3780 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Resolution, 2014 0 Yeas - 0 Nays Not Voting
07/24/2014 S.Amdt.3639 Bring Jobs Home Act 54 Yeas - 42 Nays Nay
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