Ted Cruz

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Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Texas
Prior offices
Texas Solicitor General
January 9, 2003 – May 2008
High schoolSecond Baptist High
Bachelor'sPrinceton University, 1992
J.D.Harvard Law School, 1995
Date of birthDecember 22, 1970
Place of birthCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Campaign website
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Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (b. December 22, 1970) was a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Texas. He won election to the U.S. Senate.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.[4]

Cruz won election on November 6, 2012.[5]



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][6][7]

On July 31, 2012, Cruz defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a primary runoff.[8]
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


Cruz and his wife, Heidi, have two children.[2]

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.[9]

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