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 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. 

During a stop at the Spindletop Museum in Beaumont, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz pitched his energy policy bill, which he calls the American Energy Renaissance Act.
During a stop at the Spindletop Museum in Beaumont, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz pitched his energy policy bill, which he calls the American Energy Renaissance Act.

With Eminent Domain Attack on Trump, Ted Cruz Walks Fine Line

Despite a recent ad bashing Donald Trump for employing eminent domain for a parking lot, Ted Cruz strongly backed the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects that would use the same controversial tool to displace landowners. The disconnect illustrates the tough terrain candidates walk when advocating for property rights — particularly in Texas.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump (left) and Ted Cruz at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 14, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump (left) and Ted Cruz at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 14, 2016.

Ted Cruz's Trump Battles Evoke Memories of a Former Opponent

Ted Cruz's challenge to debate Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump one on one is evoking memories of Cruz's 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, when he applied similar pressure to then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. On Tuesday evening, Trump pulled out of the seventh GOP debate, citing problems with the fairness of the host, Fox News.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks Wednesday in Iowa about his debate challenge to Republican presidential rival Donald Trump. During a rally in West Des Moines, Cruz said Trump is trying to avoid scrutiny of a record that does not match his rhetoric.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks Wednesday in Iowa about his debate challenge to Republican presidential rival Donald Trump. During a rally in West Des Moines, Cruz said Trump is trying to avoid scrutiny of a record that does not match his rhetoric.

Ripping Trump, Cruz Ups the Ante in Debate Challenge

Ted Cruz is upping the ante in his challenge to Donald Trump for a one-on-one debate. At a rally in Iowa on Wednesday evening, the U.S. senator from Texas named a time and a place for the showdown: 8 p.m. Saturday at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. 

Ted Cruz speaks with Iowans on Saturday in New Hartford, a small town near Waterloo. The stop was part of the first day of the Republican presidential candidate's last swing through the state before the Feb. 1 caucuses.
Ted Cruz speaks with Iowans on Saturday in New Hartford, a small town near Waterloo. The stop was part of the first day of the Republican presidential candidate's last swing through the state before the Feb. 1 caucuses.

Cruz Sees a Heightened Urgency to Iowa Win

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and some of his allies are increasingly signaling that they see more urgency than usual in prevailing in the Hawkeye State, where a win by Republican rival Donald Trump could send the billionaire sailing through the first few early voting contests — and maybe to the nomination. 

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.

Rick Perry: Iowa Trip Aims to "Add to the Edge" Ted Cruz Has in State

Long accustomed to traversing Iowa with a cast of local Republicans, presidential candidate Ted Cruz received some new company Tuesday in the form of a fellow Texan: former Gov. Rick Perry.

In Nine Trips to Supreme Court, Ted Cruz Saw Mixed Results

As voters in early primary states are learning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz belongs to an elite club of lawyers who have repeatedly argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. A closer look at the nine times the Texan argued before the justices shows wins and losses as he challenged legal limits on hot-button issues like states' rights.

Ted Cruz speaks with Iowans on Saturday in New Hartford, a small town near Waterloo. The stop was part of the first day of the Republican presidential candidate's last swing through the state before the Feb. 1 caucuses.
Ted Cruz speaks with Iowans on Saturday in New Hartford, a small town near Waterloo. The stop was part of the first day of the Republican presidential candidate's last swing through the state before the Feb. 1 caucuses.

Cruz Launches Final Iowa Tour Warning of Danger of Trump Win

Ted Cruz began his final swing through Iowa on Saturday offering contrast after contrast between him and billionaire Donald Trump, hoping to close the deal with caucus goers nine days before the contest. Trump, also in Iowa Saturday, swung right back, as both presidential candidates vied to raise questions about the other's electability and honesty.

Ted Cruz speaks with reporters Saturday in Ankeny, Iowa, after receiving the endorsement of conservative radio host Glenn Beck. The Republican presidential candidate visited Ankeny to launch his final tour of Iowa before its Feb. 1 caucuses.
Ted Cruz speaks with reporters Saturday in Ankeny, Iowa, after receiving the endorsement of conservative radio host Glenn Beck. The Republican presidential candidate visited Ankeny to launch his final tour of Iowa before its Feb. 1 caucuses.

At Iowa Rally, Glenn Beck Endorses Ted Cruz, Denounces Trump

Conservative media personality Glenn Beck on Saturday endorsed Ted Cruz for president, while urging urged Iowans to stop billionaire Donald Trump dead in his tracks. "If Donald Trump wins, it's going to be a snowball to hell," Beck said. 

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz stumps in Pocahontas, Iowa during a pre-caucus tour on Jan. 7, 2016.
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz stumps in Pocahontas, Iowa during a pre-caucus tour on Jan. 7, 2016.

Cruz Bets on Tradition to Upend Trump in Iowa

Facing a nasty fight to the finish in Iowa with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz is betting big that the best way to beat a nontraditional opponent is with tradition, going places Trump won't while building a superior get-out-the-vote operation. He's marshaled volunteers from Texas, and claims to have captains in almost 80 percent of precincts where caucuses will be held Feb. 1.

Cruz, Trump Trade Attack Ads as Feud Intensifies

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are trading their first attack ads in the GOP presidential race as their rivalry reaches a new level of intensity. The billionaire launched his offensive Friday morning, targeting Cruz on immigration. Cruz returned fire later in the morning with a spot of his own going after Trump over his support for eminent domain. 

Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks to prospective voters in Milford, New Hampshire on Jan. 18, 2016.
Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks to prospective voters in Milford, New Hampshire on Jan. 18, 2016.

Cruz Gambles With New Hampshire Trip

John F. Kennedy would be a Republican today, and the New England Patriots are good at that football thing, U.S. Sen Ted Cruz observed as he cozied up to voters in a four-day tour of icy New Hampshire. Cruz risked time away from Iowa in the hopes of lifting his chances in the early primary state, where he's in a pack of GOP presidential hopefuls trailing billionaire Donald Trump.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson (l.) and Carson campaign volunteer Braden Joplin, a 25-year-old student at Texas Tech University who was killed in a wreck on icy Iowa roads on Jan. 19, 2016.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson (l.) and Carson campaign volunteer Braden Joplin, a 25-year-old student at Texas Tech University who was killed in a wreck on icy Iowa roads on Jan. 19, 2016.

Ben Carson Campaign Volunteer From Texas Dies After Car Accident

Braden Joplin, a Texas Tech student who was in Iowa volunteering for Ben Carson's presidential campaign, died Tuesday following a car accident.

 

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.

Iowa Governor Hopes Ted Cruz Loses Caucuses

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday he hopes U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz loses the state's caucuses, a remarkable departure from neutrality by the influential Republican in the race for the White House. Speaking with reporters, Branstad reportedly said Cruz "hasn't supported renewable fuels, and I think it would be a big mistake for Iowa to support him." 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to a crowd gathered at Prime Time Restaurant in Guthrie Center, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to a crowd gathered at Prime Time Restaurant in Guthrie Center, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

Cruz Super PACs, Watching Trump, Make Biggest TV Play Yet

A super PAC supporting Ted Cruz is making its biggest investment yet in television advertising, reserving $2.5 million of airtime in Iowa and South Carolina with less than two weeks until the first nominating contests begin. The effort also comes as the U.S. senator from Texas wades deeper into a battle with billionaire Donald Trump that is expected to grow more contentious in the run-up the Iowa caucuses.