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 — ...

Presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Ted Cruz at the GOP debate at Saint Anselm Collegepeopl in Manchester, New Hampshire on Feb. 6, 2016.
Presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Ted Cruz at the GOP debate at Saint Anselm Collegepeopl in Manchester, New Hampshire on Feb. 6, 2016.

Ben Carson, CNN Pounce on Ted Cruz During Debate

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz apologized to Republican rival Ben Carson for a second time at Saturday night's GOP debate for what Carson has described as "dirty tricks" during Monday's Iowa caucuses. Carson dismissed Cruz's explanation as "Washington ethics."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush, both Florida Republicans
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush, both Florida Republicans

As Jeb Bush Appears Vulnerable, Courting of Texas Donors Begins

With polls suggesting Jeb Bush could follow a weak showing in Iowa with another one in in New Hampshire, competitors are watching his formidable donor network in Texas closely. Marco Rubio is likely in the best position to poach Bush's Texas backers, according to various fundraisers and operatives.

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a pre-caucus rally at Grace Baptist Church in Marion, Iowa on February 1, 2016. Marion is the last stop on  Cruz's second weeklong bus tour before he heads to Des Moines to await the results of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.
Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a pre-caucus rally at Grace Baptist Church in Marion, Iowa on February 1, 2016. Marion is the last stop on Cruz's second weeklong bus tour before he heads to Des Moines to await the results of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.

After Rand Paul Exits, Cruz Wins New Supporters in Texas

Ted Cruz on Wednesday began winning over supporters of Rand Paul in Texas following his Senate colleague's exit from the race for the White House. Most prominent is state Sen. Don Huffines, the Dallas Republican who had chaired the Paul campaign in Texas.

A screenshot of a push notification Ted Cruz's campaign sent to users of its campaign app around the time the Iowa caucuses began on Feb. 1, 2016.
A screenshot of a push notification Ted Cruz's campaign sent to users of its campaign app around the time the Iowa caucuses began on Feb. 1, 2016.

Ted Cruz Apologizes for What Ben Carson Called "Dirty Tricks"

Ben Carson's campaign said it has accepted an apology from Ted Cruz over messages Cruz's campaign sent to supporters Monday evening in Iowa suggesting that Carson might be about to drop out of the race.

Supporters of Ted Cruz in Des Moines, Iowa, had plenty to celebrate on Feb. 1, 2016, Cruz won the state's Republican caucus.
Supporters of Ted Cruz in Des Moines, Iowa, had plenty to celebrate on Feb. 1, 2016, Cruz won the state's Republican caucus.

Analysis: Iowa Clears GOP Skies, Darkens Democratic Outlook

The Iowa caucuses started to winnow things down. Texas has a chance, along with the other March 1 primary states, to decide who the major-party nominees will be. That’s relatively rare: The Democrats were still duking it out when they got here in 2008, but Texas usually comes so late that the choosing part is unofficially over.

Ted Cruz celebrated his victory in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016.
Ted Cruz celebrated his victory in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016.

After Iowa Win, Cruz's New Hampshire Opening Widens

With his win Monday night in the Iowa caucuses, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is riding a wave of momentum that can boost his prospects in New Hampshire. Before Monday night, the Texan presidential hopeful was already poised to beat expectations in the Granite State as the beneficiary of a splintered race for establishment support there. With his victory over billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa, however, Cruz now heads to the next state with a wider opening than ever. 

Ted Cruz supporters celebrate victory in Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, 2016.
Ted Cruz supporters celebrate victory in Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, 2016.

Cruz Pulls Out Win in Iowa Caucuses

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won Iowa's caucuses on Monday, edging out billionaire Donald Trump for the top spot in the first-in-the-nation nominating contest. Even before all the results were in, Cruz's surrogates were expressing hope that his showing would take the wind out of Trump's sails. 

Melody Perez (left) of San Antonio and her daughter waited for the arrival of Ted Cruz's campaign bus in Emmetsburg, Iowa, during a campaign stop on Jan. 29, 2016.
Melody Perez (left) of San Antonio and her daughter waited for the arrival of Ted Cruz's campaign bus in Emmetsburg, Iowa, during a campaign stop on Jan. 29, 2016.

Analysis: Waiting for Answers From Iowa’s Raucous Caucus

The first-in-the-nation tally of regular voters intrudes on the fabulous speculation and fun we’ve all been having so far during the 2016 presidential campaign. The air guitar players on the political stage will soon be forced to sit down or move to the back.

Republican presidential candidates: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and billionaire Donald Trump.
Republican presidential candidates: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and billionaire Donald Trump.

After Iowa, Texas to be Key State for Ted Cruz

Texas Republican insiders believe U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz must win big in his home state on March 1 if he wants to capture the GOP presidential nomination. Depending on how the early primaries go, Cruz will need the state's hefty delegate count to distance himself from — or catch up to — real estate magnate Donald Trump.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on his tour bus near Ames, Iowa on Jan. 30, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on his tour bus near Ames, Iowa on Jan. 30, 2016.

Cruz Draws Rebuke for Controversial Mailer in Iowa

Ted Cruz on Saturday drew the ire of the top elections official in Iowa over a mailer from his presidential campaign that seeks to pressure voters into turning out for the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses. The mailer, which surfaced Friday, looks like an official government document, informing recipients that they have a "voting violation" for failing to participate in past caucuses.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took his presidential campaign to Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The Republican from Texas spoke on Jan. 29, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took his presidential campaign to Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The Republican from Texas spoke on Jan. 29, 2016.

In Iowa, Cruz Campaign Places its Turnout Bet Against Trump

Cruz campaign officials are increasingly eyeing a win based on a kind of sweet spot of turnout — high but not too high. What's riding on the bet is one of the central questions of Trump's candidacy: Can he convert the thousands of people who pack stadiums for his rallies into reliable voters?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to a crowd gathered at Kings Christian Bookstore in Boone, Iowa, on Jan. 4, 2016. Cruz kicked off a six-day, 28-county bus tour across Iowa in a push to reach out to voters before the state's first-in-the-nation caucus on Feb. 1.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to a crowd gathered at Kings Christian Bookstore in Boone, Iowa, on Jan. 4, 2016. Cruz kicked off a six-day, 28-county bus tour across Iowa in a push to reach out to voters before the state's first-in-the-nation caucus on Feb. 1.

Ted Cruz Announces Huge War Chest

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign announced Friday it ended 2015 with $19 million in the bank.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.

At Trump-free Debate, Cruz Stars in a Rerun

Without the billionaire on the stage for the seventh Republican presidential debate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz found himself reprising roles from previous meetings with his rivals: media critic, anti-Washington crusader and target of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Ted Cruz greets supporters after a rally Wednesday in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Republican presidential candidate is barnstorming the state ahead of its first-in-the-nation caucuses Monday.
Ted Cruz greets supporters after a rally Wednesday in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Republican presidential candidate is barnstorming the state ahead of its first-in-the-nation caucuses Monday.

In Iowa, Cruz Faces a Debate Without a Rival

In a race that has already seen its fair share of twists and turns, Ted Cruz is staring down an uncertainty unlike any other: whether his closest competition will  show up for the last debate before the first-in-the-nation caucuses. The stakes are not insignificant for the U.S. senator from Texas, who is locked in a close race in Iowa with billionaire Donald Trump.