Tribpedia: Ted Cruz

Rafael Edward Cruz, more commonly known as Ted Cruz, is a lawyer and the junior U.S. senator from Texas. He succeeded U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who announced her retirement in 2011.

In his first year on the job — he was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013 — Cruz has established himself as a leader — ...

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.

Ted Cruz on health care overhaul: "Of course I'll compromise"

After years positioning himself as a principled bulwark against spineless moderates, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is now at the center of efforts to pass an Obamacare overhaul bill out of the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.

Cruz’s fragile alliance with GOP leaders now pivotal in health care push

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is increasingly at the center of efforts in the U.S. Senate to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative activists are hoping Cruz can help move the bill to the right.

Speaking to reporters after President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying that Americans were suffering from high insurance premiums.
Speaking to reporters after President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying that Americans were suffering from high insurance premiums.

Texans in Congress grapple with latest Trump reports

Texans in Congress spent Tuesday processing a series of stunning political revelations as President Donald Trump's presidency becomes more embattled.

Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, answers a reporter's question at the Texas Capitol before the NoBanNoWall rally on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.
Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, answers a reporter's question at the Texas Capitol before the NoBanNoWall rally on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

To beat Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke plans to throw out the Democratic playbook

No Texas Democrat has won a U.S. Senate seat in nearly 30 years or any statewide office since 1994.  But U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is optimistic he can break the streak, in part by eschewing consultants, pollsters and PAC money.

U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El  Paso, stands at the Mexican-American Heritage Monument at the Texas Capitol prior to the NoBanNoWall rally on Feb. 25, 2017.  Thousands of protesters were expected to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration plans.
U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, stands at the Mexican-American Heritage Monument at the Texas Capitol prior to the NoBanNoWall rally on Feb. 25, 2017. Thousands of protesters were expected to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration plans.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke to launch Senate run against Ted Cruz Friday

The 2018 Texas race for U.S. Senate is poised to start in earnest Friday, as U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke will officially launch his campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, according to a colleague with direct knowledge of the El Paso Democrat's thinking.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (far left) looks on as President Donald Trump signs the NASA authorization bill on March 21, 2017.
<p>U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (far left) looks on as President Donald Trump signs&nbsp;<span>the NASA authorization bill on March 21, 2017.</span></p>

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at landing on Mars

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President Trump signed a bill Tuesday authorizing $19.5 billion dollars in funding for NASA. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the bill's sponsors, attended the bill ceremony.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.

Cruz: Gorsuch nomination has "superlegitimacy"

In opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz suggested Neil Gorsuch was "no ordinary nominee" and that his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court must be viewed in light of the 2016 presidential election.