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, moving to Texas as a youth. He earned an undergraduate degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He clerked at the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and later with Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court William Rehnquist. He entered into private practice. 

During the George W. Bush administration, Cruz served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and later as the director of policy planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He was appointed to the office of Solicitor General of Texas by the governor, serving in that position for six years, returning once again to private practice. 

He was elected to the United States Senate, assuming his seat in January 2013. He was a primary candidate in the 2020 presidential election. 

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

In the News…

Senator Ted Cruz advocated for a return to a Reagan-era form of American nationalism in a recent conference. While embracing the “America First” theme and working-class conservatism, the Texas senator was critical of the movement toward what he described as protectionism and isolationism ensconced in big government. 

“So what is nationalism, populism, and conservatism not? No. 1, it’s not a recipe for right-wing Big Government,” he said. “There’s some who are thinking through what to do, who are suggesting the answer is more government power over every aspect of our lives but in a more conservative direction rather than a more liberal direction. 

“And let me tell you right now. Tyranny never works out for those not in government. It’s pretty good for the tyrants, and the subjects suffer.” 

“Big Tech, I believe, is the single greatest threat to free speech and free elections in the United States,” he said. “So we need to use every single tool we have — we need to flood the zone. That means using the antitrust laws, that means we use the consumer protection laws, that means using the powers of the state and state legislators and state attorneys general. That means using every tool we have.” 

He also expressed disapproval for pandemic restrictions, critical race theory, corporate media, Hollywood, and “woke” corporations. The most notable part of his speech was when he declared he will not accept any further corporate PAC money — encouraging his colleagues to do the same. 

Contact this Leader…

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

The Honorable Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas 
517 Hart Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510


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