|U.S. Senator from Texas|
From: January 3, 2013 - Present
|Predecessor||Kay Bailey Hutchison|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Ted Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is the junior United States Senator from Texas, having won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2012 election cycle. A conservative Republican, he is the former Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state before the U.S. Supreme Court. Cruz has authored more than eighty U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued forty oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and served as a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Cruz's father was fighting alongside Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution when he was 14 years old. But when he was 17 he was thrown in prison for his political activities. In 1957 he escaped to the United States. Today he is a pastor in Dallas. Cruz's mother is American. Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada; then the family moved to Texas. Cruz is a Southern Baptist, married with two children.
Cruz has been supported by the Tea Party movement, Tea Party Express, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, the Family Research Council, Erick Erickson of RedState, Mark Levin, Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Pat Toomey, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
In the Texas Senate primary elections of May 29, 2012, Cruz forced a runoff with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. The pair emerged from a nine-candidate Republican field and squared-off in a second round of voting on July 31. Cruz emerged victorious defeating Dewhurst. Cruz easily defeated Democrat former State Representative Paul Sadler in the general election.