|U.S. Senate, Texas|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2019|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 2018|
|High school||Second Baptist High|
|Birthday||Dec. 22, 1970|
|Place of birth||Calgary, Alberta|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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.
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.
In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cruz won election to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012.
Cruz serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on SeaPower
- Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Science and Space
- Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
- Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
- Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Ranking Member
- Bankruptcy and the Courts subcommittee
- United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
- United States Senate Committee on Aging (Special)
Paul Ryan Budget Proposal
In March 2013 the U.S. Senate soundly rejected a balanced budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R). Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to kill the measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.
The budget cuts about $5 trillion over the next decade and aims to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.
Some GOP tea partyers 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.
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.
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 have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
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."
According to a report, Cruz is considering a presidential run in 2016.
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.
|U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2012|
|Libertarian||John Jay Myers||2.1%||162,354|
|Green||David B. Collins||0.9%||67,404|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. Senate Runoff Election, Texas Republican Primary, 2012|
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.
|Ted Cruz's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US Senate (Texas)||$14,511,279|
|Grand Total Raised||$14,511,279|
|U.S. Senate, Texas, 2012 - Ted Cruz Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$705,026|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$510,439|
|Top contributors to Ted Cruz's campaign committee|
|Club for Growth||$705,407|
|Senate Conservatives Fund||$315,991|
|Woodforest National Bank||$93,500|
|Morgan, Lewis & Bockius||$64,600|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$716,868|
|Securities & Investment||$533,657|
Ideology and leadership
The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.
Cruz most often votes with:
Cruz least often votes with:
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Cruz has voted with the Republican Party 85.4% of the time, which ranked 38th among the 44 Senate Republican members as of May 2013.
Lifetime missed votes
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Cruz and his wife, Heidi, have two children.
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.
Cruz's father, Rafael, has made headlines through increasing speaking engagements. At a speaking engagement in July 2013, Rafael compared President Obama to Fidel Castro. 
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- Media coverage:
- Collected news and commentary at The Houston Chronicle
- Collected news and commentary at The Texas Tribune
- CNN "Texas Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Politico, "Report: Ted Cruz weighing W.H. run," May 1, 2013
- 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
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Ted Cruz, "Bio," accessed November 1, 2012
- San Francisco Chronicle "20 Latino political rising stars of 2012 (with PHOTO GALLERY)," August 25, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- CBS News "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget" accessed March 22, 2013
- Washington Post "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget" accessed March 22, 2013
- CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- 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
- Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- Texas GOP - candidate list
- Associated Press Election results
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ted Cruz," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Open Secrets "Ted Cruz 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- Gov Track "Ted Cruz," Accessed June 7, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Ted Cruz," Accessed July 30, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
- GovTrack, "Ted Cruz," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Ted Cruz (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Bio of Ted Cruz," accessed November 1, 2012
- Daily Caller, "Ted Cruz’s dad: Obama is ‘just like’ Castro," accessed July 22, 2013
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