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|Who is Ted Cruz: Biography, Career, Family and Personal Profile|
TEXAS senator Ted Cruz has been the subject of many strange questions.
As millions of Texans continued to suffer in subfreezing temperatures without power and water, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz traveled with his family to sunny Cancún, Mexico on Wednesday.
“This has been an infuriating week for Texans. The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power," the senator said in a Thursday afternoon statement. "We have food lines, gas lines and people sleeping at the neighbors’ houses. Our homes are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too."
“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends," he added. "Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”
NBC News subsequently reported that Cruz booked his return ticket early in the morning on Thursday. The New York Times reported that Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, organized an impromptu trip that was to last until Sunday.
Ted Cruz, who is still only in his first term, is arguably the best-known political figure in Texas today.
Rafael Edward Cruz was born in December 1970 and is 47 years old. "Ted" Cruz was born on December 22, 1970, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
He married Heidi Nelson in May 2001 and they have two daughters, Caroline and Catherine.
The couple met while working on George W Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.
|Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Heidi Cruz have been married since 2001, and have two daughters. Alex Wong/Getty Images|
Short Biography of the Life and Times of Ted Cruz
Birth date: Dec. 22, 1970
Spouse: Heidi, married on May 27, 2001
Children: Caroline, age 10; and Catherine, 7
Education: Undergrad degree from Princeton; law degree from Harvard
College activity of note: Champion debater
No - not technically. However, Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1970.
He is considered a US citizen because of his mother and having her American citizenship at birth.
His family decided to live in Canada while his father was working for the Canadian oil industry at the time, when Cruz was a baby.
They moved to America when he was four.
He grew up in Texas and later attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
His political rivals have in the past used his upbringing in Canada against him in public.
Donald Trump called him "an anchor baby in Canada" back in 2016.
The conservative earned a Bachelor's degree from Princeton University, and went on to graduate from Harvard Law school. Additionally while at Harvard, he founded the Harvard Latino Law Review.
Cruz worked for sometime as an attorney post graduation, and eventually served as an advisor on George W. Bush's 2000 Presidential campaign.
Cruz was barely a blip in the opinion polls when he joined the race for the U.S. Senate in 2012. That's not surprising since he had never sought elected office before, and that among the Republicans who'd get in the race was the three-term lieutenant governor of Texas, a former college football star who became a well-known sports analyst and the ex-mayor of one of Texas' largest cities.
He was elected to the US Senate in 2012 and began his first term representing Texas in 2013. After taking office, he became a leader of the conservative movement in Congress.
If Cruz was known at all, it was probably for his roles as Texas solicitor general, which is the appointed office under the Texas attorney general who argues cases in court. Cruz got more than a few opportunities to do just that before the highest court in the land.
And he worked the conservative tea party-inspired grassroots who are reliable voters in Republican primary and runoff elections.
In 2018, Cruz kept his seat against Beto O’Rourke in 2018 by 220,000 votes - meaning he will stay as Senator until 2024.
Cruz arrived at the Capitol Building Friday to observe-cipate (observe while somehow also actively participating) in another day of former President Donald Trump's ongoing second impeachment trial. Television viewers were quick to notice that Cruz's haircut had suddenly come to take the shape of a once-promising Triple-A.
|Ted Cruz is an American politician and attorney, who has served as the junior United States Senator from Texas since 2013. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. |
Cruz graduated from Princeton University, New Jersey, in 1992, and from Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, in 1995. From 1999 to 2003, he served in various political appointee positions: the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and a Domestic Policy Advisor to George W. Bush on the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign.
Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas, from 2003 to 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic, and the longest-serving, Solicitor General in Texas history. From 2004 to 2009, Cruz was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, where he taught US Supreme Court litigation.
Cruz ran for the Senate seat vacated by fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison and, in July 2012, defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst during the Republican primary runoff, 57% - 43%. He defeated former State Representative Paul Sadler in the November 2012 general election, winning 56% - 41%. He is the first Hispanic American to serve as a US Senator representing Texas, and is one of three senators of Cuban descent. He chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Activities, and is the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness. In November 2012, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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