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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. Senate, 2013-present
Born: Dec. 22, 1970; Calgary, Canada
Residence: Houston
Religion: Baptist
Family: Wife, Heidi Cruz; two children
Education: Princeton U., A.B. 1992; Harvard U., J.D. 1995
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2012 (1st term)
Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Emerging Threats & Capabilities; Seapower; Strategic Forces); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet; Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance & Data Security; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard; Space, Science & Competitiveness - Chairman); Judiciary (Constitution; Immigration and the National Interest; Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts - Chairman); Rules & Administration; Joint Economic

Election History
2012generalTed Cruz (R) 4,440,13756.5
Paul Sadler (D) 3,194,92740.6
John Myers (LIBERT) 162,3542.1
David Collins (GREEN) 67,4040.9
Roll Call Vitals


Texas is 3rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@sentedcruz)


Sen. Ted Cruz has the 18th most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.