Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator from Texas

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was born in December 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His father was a Cuban immigrant to the United States. The family returned to the U.S. when Ted was four years old. He attended high school at Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas, and graduated from Second Baptist High School in Houston. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Following law school, he served as a law clerk to William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice. He served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to President George W. Bush. He 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.  He was a partner in the private practice of law where he led his firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.

He was appointed Solicitor General of the State of Texas, the youngest solicitor general in the United States, and the first Hispanic one in Texas.

Cruz has been a United States Senator since January 2013.

Cruz is married to Heidi Nelson Cruz and they have two daughters. He is a Southern Baptist.

In the News…

Senator Ted Cruz has joined with others from the Senate in encouraging President Trump to reopen parts of the economy and to do it quickly.

Senator Cruz noted that it is time for “Texans to go back to work” but noted that the same guidelines for states like Texas did not make sense, for example, in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.

“It needs to be dependent upon the particular facts and circumstances in the particular region. … It may be that when people go back to work that they wear a mask and gloves for some period of time to limit the spread of the disease. We’ve seen that all the time,” he said.

Roughly 20 million people filed for unemployment claims in the first three weeks of the stay-at-home orders, leading to a surge in jobless claims that could last for months. How long the country stays closed continues to have deep economic and political consequences.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Cruz today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas
127A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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