GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz: 'The policies President Obama is advancing are helping the other team. It is important to understand that President Obama is serving as an apologist for radical Islamic terrorism. #PFF15' - @tedcruz
Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz cheered during GOP debate following vigorous attack on media, CNBC moderators; says debate 'illustrate[s] why the American people don't trust the media. This is not a cage match' - @thehill
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, criticizes outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Senate floor; says Boehner is staying for a month to join with Democrats and fund President Obama's priorities - @katiezez
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician and the junior U.S. Senator from Texas. A Republican, 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. He is the chairman of the subcommittee on the Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. 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 2003 to May 2008, after being appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic, the youngest and the longest-serving solicitor general in Texas history. Cruz was also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, from 2004 to 2009. While there, he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation. Cruz is one of three Senators of Cuban descent.
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 former state Representative Paul Sadler in the general election on November 6, 2012. He won 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.
On March 23, 2015, Cruz announced during an assembly at Liberty University he would run for the Republican Party nomination in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.