Elected to the United States Senate in 2012, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) became the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. Cruz, a staunch and sometimes lonely conservative voice in the Senate, has been a passionate fighter for limited government and the Constitution.
Propelled by tens of thousands of grassroots activists across Texas, the Cruz victory in the Republican primary over sitting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was astonishing; described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012… a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”
Ted’s mother was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family; she became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.
Ted’s father was born in Cuba, fought in the revolution, and was imprisoned and tortured. He fled to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English. He washed dishes for 50 cents an hour, paid his way through the University of Texas, and started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas.
Prior to running for Senate, Cruz served as a domestic policy advisor on the Presidential campaign of then Texas Governor George W. Bush. In the aftermath of the 2000 elections, Cruz served on Governor Bush’s legal team both with respect to filings with the Supreme Court of Florida and the Supreme Court of the United States. Cruz later served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department and as a Director of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission during the Bush Administration.
From 2003 to 2008, Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas, appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who now serves as Texas Governor. Cruz was the nation’s youngest Solicitor General, the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas, and the first Hispanic Solicitor General of Texas.
A former Supreme Court Clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and an accomplished Supreme Court advocate, Cruz successfully argued and prevailed on behalf of the patent owner in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB S.A. before the United States Supreme Court.
In the Senate, Cruz serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Senator Ted Cruz is a strong believer in religious liberty and he adamantly opposes legislation that would restrict the Second Amendment Rights of Americans. In this election the Cruz calling card will be that of a Constitutional Conservative. Currently his campaign website does not have a great deal of information about specific issues outside of core Constitutional Conservative issues.
In June 2015, Senator Cruz, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted against the PATENT Act. “We have in our economy a particular obligation to protect innovators, the little guy inventing the next great invention that will change the world,” Cruz said during a hearing on the bill on June 5, 2015. Cruz went on to leave open the possibility he would ultimately support the bill if it makes it to the Senate floor depending upon whether any amendments are made to change the bill’s language.