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Cruz won election to the [[U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Cruz's campaign committee raised a total of $14,511,279 and spent $14,031,864.<ref>[ ''Open Secrets'' "Ted Cruz 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013]</ref>
Cruz won election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Cruz's campaign committee raised a total of $14,511,279 and spent $14,031,864.<ref>[ ''Open Secrets'' "Ted Cruz 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013]</ref>
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Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz.jpg
U.S. Senate, Texas
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorKay Bailey Hutchison (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$14,511,279
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSecond Baptist High
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Date of birthDec. 22, 1970
Place of birthCalgary, Alberta
Net worth$1,661,021
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Office website
Campaign website
Ted Cruz campaign logo
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (b. December 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Texas.[1] He was first elected in 2012. He defeated David Dewhurst in the primary runoff on July 31, 2012, and went on to win in the general election on November 6, 2012.

According to various reports, Cruz is considering a presidential run in 2016. However there is a question as to whether Cruz is actually eligible to become president, due to the fact that he was born in Canada. The debate hinges on how the phrase from the Constitution "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President." is interpreted.[2][3]

Although Cruz is considered a more moderate right of center Republican party vote, according to an analysis of multiple outside rankings, it is due to a tendency to vote against Republican-sponsored bills that are not conservative or libertarian enough. As a result. he may break with party lines on a vote and vote in the same way as many Democrats do, but for a very different reason.


Ted Cruz earned his BA in Public Policy from Princeton University in 1992. He went on to receive his JD from Harvard Law School in 1995. Cruz has worked in a number of positions in the law field and is currently partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership.[4]

Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003-2008. In this role he was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, as well as the longest-serving and first Hispanic Solicitor General in the state. Among his accomplishments, Cruz argued 40 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court.[5]

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[6]

Cruz won election to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012.[7]

Committee Assignments

U.S. Senate


Cruz serves on the following Senate committees[8]:


Specific votes

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the U.S. Senate soundly rejected a balanced budget plan by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R).[9] Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to kill the measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.[9]

Cruz was one of the five Senate Republicans who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[9]

The proposed budget would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[10]

Some tea party members of the GOP opposed the measure because of its reliance on $600 billion-plus in tax revenues on the wealthy enacted in January 2013, in order to balance the budget.[9] Others in the Senate opposed the Ryan plan because of cuts from safety net programs for the poor and the inclusion of a plan to turn the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.[9]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[11][12][13]

Cruz was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[14][15]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[16][17]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[18]



According to a report, Cruz is considering a presidential run in 2016.[2]


See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

Cruz ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Texas. He and David Dewhurst defeated Joe Agris, Curt Cleaver, Glenn Addison, Ben Gambini, Craig James, Tom Leppert, and Lela Pittenger in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Dewhurst in the primary runoff on July 31, 2012. He won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][19][20]

U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.5% 4,440,137
     Democratic Paul Sadler 40.6% 3,194,927
     Libertarian John Jay Myers 2.1% 162,354
     Green David B. Collins 0.9% 67,404
Total Votes 7,864,822
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
On July 31, 2012, Cruz defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a primary runoff.[21]
U.S. Senate Runoff Election, Texas Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.8% 631,812
David Dewhurst 43.2% 480,126
Total Votes 1,111,938

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cruz is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cruz raised a total of $14,511,279 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[22]

Ted Cruz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US Senate (Texas) Won $14,511,279
Grand Total Raised $14,511,279


Breakdown of the source of Cruz's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cruz won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cruz's campaign committee raised a total of $14,511,279 and spent $14,031,864.[23]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cruz is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 2013.[24]

Voting with party


Cruz voted with the Republican Party 85.4% of the time, which ranked 38th among the 44 Senate Republican members as of May 2013.[25]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cruz missed 1 of 92 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cruz's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-204,951 to $3,526,994. That averages to $1,661,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668.[27]


Cruz and his wife, Heidi, have two children.[4]

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970. His father, a Cuban immigrant, fled his home country in 1957 after fighting against the dictator Fulgencio Batista. His mother is Irish-American.[28]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Texas Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "Report: Ted Cruz weighing W.H. run," May 1, 2013
  3. New Republic, "Meet the Most Important Ted Cruz Birther: Ted Cruz Ted Cruz is eligible to be president under almost any reading of the Constitution—except his own," May 6, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Project Vote Smart biography
  5. Ted Cruz, "Bio," accessed November 1, 2012
  6. San Francisco Chronicle "20 Latino political rising stars of 2012 (with PHOTO GALLERY)," August 25, 2012
  7. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  8. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  11. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  12. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  13. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  14. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  15. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  16. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  17. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  18. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  19. Texas GOP - candidate list
  20. Associated Press Election results
  21. Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ted Cruz," Accessed March 25, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Ted Cruz 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  24. Gov Track "Ted Cruz," Accessed June 7, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. GovTrack, "Ted Cruz," Accessed April 2, 2013
  27. "Ted Cruz (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  28. Texas Tribune, "Bio of Ted Cruz," accessed November 1, 2012
Political offices
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U.S. Senate - Texas
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