Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on change to US policy with Cuba: 'We have seen how previous Obama administration attempts at rapprochement with rogue regimes like Russia and Iran have worked out, with our influence diminished and our enemies emboldened. Now they are revisiting this same disastrous policy with the Castros, blind to the fact that they are being played by brutal dictators whose only goal is maintaining power' - statement
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has privately apologized to GOP senators for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend - @politico
Immigration 'Point of Order' brought by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, fails in a 74-22 vote; incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, and numerous other Republicans vote against Cruz's order - @cspan broadcast
Editor's note: The Senate cleared the procedural hurdle on the pending federal spending bill, invoking cloture with a 77-19 vote. Senate is now voting on point of order on immigration brought by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz has said the vote 'allows Republicans to also show they are committed to ending Obama's amnesty once and for all.' - Jimmy
Editor's note: More: If cloture gets 60 votes, Senate will then move to a 'Constitional Point of Order' made by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on immigration; Cruz's point will need 51 votes to be sustained, Democrats likely to defeat it - @ChadPergram - Jimmy
Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder: 'Sadly, he has proven to be the most partisan attorney general in our history, repeatedly defying and refusing to enforce the law. It did not have to be this way, but Holder's leadership has grievously undermined the Department of Justice's long bipartisan tradition of independence and fidelity to law' - @SenTedCruz
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Eric Cantor's loss: 'This election should be a reminder to all in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable' - @NBCNews
Rafael 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. 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 in the United States, 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.