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 — ...

Castro faces tough decision as Senate announcement nears

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, addresses the crowd during a rally at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 25, 2017.
<p>U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, addresses the crowd during a rally at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 25, 2017.</p>

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is still wrestling with a tough question: Is it worth giving up his seat in Congress, where he has had a steadily growing profile, for a long-shot challenge to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, particularly when another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, is already running?

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in The Woodlands, Texas Friday June 17, 2016.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in The Woodlands, Texas Friday June 17, 2016.

Poll: Trump approval rating underwater in Texas

More Texans disapprove of the job President Trump is doing than approve, according to a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday, which also included early polling on a possible U.S. Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke.

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&nbsp;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.  

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was a keynote speaker at Dallas County Republican Reagan Day Dinner on March 11, 2017.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was a keynote speaker at Dallas County Republican Reagan Day Dinner on March 11, 2017.

After years of insisting on "repeal," Ted Cruz walks a fine line on health care

"If Republicans take this opportunity and blow it, we will rightly be considered a laughingstock," U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday regarding divisions among Republicans on the leading proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

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 sends school choice letter to every Republican in Texas Legislature

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz sent a letter to state lawmakers Thursday urging them to make Texas the next state that gives parents taxpayer dollars to send their children to private or religious schools, or educate them at home.

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.

Ted Cruz: New health care bill doomed in the Senate without changes

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that he has "significant concerns" about the new House health care plan, though he's optimistic those differences can be resolved.

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.

Cruz: Firestorm over U.S. Attorney General Sessions is a "nothingburger"

In a television interview on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said the uproar over Attorney General Jeff Sessions' previous meetings with the Russian ambassador is nothing more than "political theater."

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.

O'Rourke on Cruz challenge in 2018: "I really want to do this"

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, is sailing toward a 2018 Senate campaign, an uphill battle that would pit the little-known congressman against one of the state's most prominent Republicans in the unpredictable era of President Donald Trump. 

 

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, spoke Tuesday, Sept. 3, during an El Paso town hall forum on whether the U.S. should take action against Syria.
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, spoke Tuesday, Sept. 3, during an El Paso town hall forum on whether the U.S. should take action against Syria.

Beto O’Rourke is a Mexico-loving liberal in Texas. Can he really beat Ted Cruz?

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The Democratic Congressman from El Paso maintains that crime is not the only story about the U.S.-Mexico border, nor even the most important one. The question is: Can he get the people of Texas to see the same thing?