Ted Cruz

215-3R afael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970)[3] is an American politician and the junior U.S. Senator from Texas. Born in Canada, Cruz was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and is the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. senator representing Texas.[4][2][5] He is the chairman of the subcommittee on the Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.[6] He is also the chairman of the United States Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.
Between 1999 and 2003, Cruz was 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 domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush on the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign. He served as Solicitor General of Texas from

Cruz was the Republican nominee for the Senate seat vacated by fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison.[14] On July 31, 2012, he defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff, 57%–43%.[15] Cruz defeated former state Representative Paul Sadler in the general election on November 6, 2012. He won 56%–41% over Sadler.[15][16] Cruz openly identifies with the Tea Party movement and has been endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus.[17] On November 14, 2012, Cruz was appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.[18] On March 23, 2015, Cruz announced during an assembly at Liberty University that he would run for the Republican Party nomination in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
Early life and ancestry

Cruz was also named "2013 Man of the Year" by conservative publications TheBlaze,[180] FrontPage Magazine[181] and The American Spectator.[182] He was named “2013 Conservative of the Year” by Townhall.com,[183] and “2013 Statesman of the Year” by the Republican Party of Sarasota County, Florida[184][185] He was a finalist for “2013 Texan of the Year” by The Dallas Morning News[186] and a finalist for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2013.[187] Electoral history
Main article: United States Senate election in Texas, 2012
2012 Republican primary
Republican primary results, May 29, 2012[15] Party    Candidate    Votes    %
Republican    David Dewhurst    624,170    44.6
Republican    Ted Cruz    479,079    34.2
Republican    Tom Leppert    186,675    13.3
Republican    Craig James    50,211    3.6
Republican    Glenn Addison    22,888    1.6
Republican    Lela Pittenger    18,028    1.3
Republican    Ben Gambini    7,193    0.5
Republican    Curt Cleaver    6,649    0.5
Republican    Joe Argis    4,558    0.3
Total votes    1,399,451    100
2012 Republican primary runoff
Republican runoff results, July 31, 2012[15] Party    Candidate    Votes    %
Republican    Ted Cruz    631,316    56.8
Republican    David Dewhurst    480,165    43.2
Total votes    1,111,481    100
2012 General Election
General Election, November 6, 2012[15] Party    Candidate    Votes    %
Republican    Ted Cruz    4,469,843    56.45
Democratic    Paul Sadler    3,194,927    40.62
Libertarian    John Jay Myers    162,354    2.06
Green    David Collins    67,404    0.85
Total votes    7,864,822    100



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