Presidential Election 2016
Candidates Republicans - Ted Cruz
Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is the junior United States
Senator from Texas. Elected in 2012, he is the first Cuban American or
Latino to hold the office of US Senator from Texas. Cruz is a member of the
Republican Party. He served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May
2008, after being appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Between
1999 and 2003, Cruz served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning
at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the
United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S.
President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. Cruz was also an
Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin,
where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation, from 2004 to 2009.
Cruz was the Republican nominee for the Senate seat vacated by fellow
Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison. On July 31, 2012, he defeated Lieutenant
Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff, 57–43. Cruz
defeated the Democrat, former state Representative Paul Sadler, in the
general election held on November 6, 2012; he prevailed with 56–41 over
Sadler. Cruz openly identifies with the Tea Party movement, and has been
endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus. On November 14, 2012, Cruz was
appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the
committee that seeks to elect more Republicans to the Senate.
He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor
General of Texas, and the longest-serving Solicitor General in Texas’
history. Cruz is one of three Latinos in the Senate; the others — also
Americans of Cuban ancestry — are fellow Republican Marco Rubio of Florida
and Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey.