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 — ...

Cruz, Trump Clash in Most Confrontational Debate Yet

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

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, long allies in the Republican race for the White House, repeatedly turned on one another Thursday night in their most confrontational meeting yet on the debate stage. The Texas senator and New York billionaire clashed over Cruz's birthplace and Trump's hometown.

Ted Cruz is shown in Houston on July 31, 2012, after winning the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate.
Ted Cruz is shown in Houston on July 31, 2012, after winning the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate.

Loan Issues Put Asterisk on Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate Victory

A new revelation about an undisclosed loan from his wife's employer casts some uncertainty over the political triumph that has become central to Ted Cruz's political identity. Cruz has called the issue a “technical and inadvertent filing error.” 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is shown speaking at the CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is shown speaking at the CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2015.

Ted Cruz Again Enters Debate Feeling Frontrunner's Heat

Ted Cruz is heading into the sixth Republican presidential debate again facing a heightened level of scrutiny from his GOP foes, similar to the dynamic in the run-up to the last debate. The U.S. senator from Texas is also again entering a debate surrounded by fresh questions about his relationship with billionaire Donald Trump.

U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a presidential town hall hosted by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., (r.) at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. on Dec. 7, 2015.
U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a presidential town hall hosted by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., (r.) at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. on Dec. 7, 2015.

Cruz: 2012 Disclosure Should Have Noted Goldman Sachs Loan

After a news story revealed that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz did not report a loan from his wife’s employer during his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, the GOP presidential candidate called it a "technical and inadvertent filing error" that he will fix if necessary. The New York Times reported the loan from Goldman Sachs Wednesday. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke during a rally at Beaumont's Ford Arena on Nov. 14, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke during a rally at Beaumont's Ford Arena on Nov. 14, 2015.

Trump Campaign Loses Texas State Director

The head of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in Texas has left his post. Corbin Casteel, who was named Trump's Texas state director in October, no longer works for the campaign. It is unclear what becomes of Trump's efforts in Texas with less than two months until the March 1 primary. Casteel had built a paid staff of four with an office in downtown Austin.

Republican presidential candidates and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.
Republican presidential candidates and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.

Pro-Ted Cruz Super PACs Target Marco Rubio

Ted Cruz may be increasingly setting his sights on Donald Trump, but the super PACs supporting the U.S. senator from Texas are keeping another White House hopeful in their crosshairs. In separate ads released late Tuesday, two-pro-Cruz groups single out U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for his role in immigration reform efforts that have become anathema to conservatives. 

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan look on as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.
Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan look on as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.

Obama's Final State of the Union Heartens Texas Faithful

Even before President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address concluded, Texas Republicans pushed out critical tweets and news releases. But the president's remarks heartened Democrats representing the state.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz: Are Democrats Behind Trump's Citizenship Questions?

Ted Cruz on Tuesday went further than ever in needling Donald Trump, suggesting Democrats are behind the billionaire's questions about his citizenship. Cruz also suggested Democrats were supporting Trump as a way of propping up a Republican they believe they can beat in the general election.

Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.
Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.

Cruz Campaign Eyes New Hampshire Opening

With more moderate GOP presidential candidates knifing each other up, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to beat expectations in New Hampshire, a state where his fire-breathing brand of evangelically tinged conservatism has not traditionally been an ideal fit.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz arrived Jan. 4 at the first stop on a six-day tour of Iowa. The Republican presidential candidate was set to visit 28 counties by bus.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz arrived Jan. 4 at the first stop on a six-day tour of Iowa. The Republican presidential candidate was set to visit 28 counties by bus.

Beyond Iowa, Cruz Betting Heavily on the South

It’s no secret that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is betting on Iowa and the South to deliver him the Republican presidential nomination. A detailed look at his travel schedule shows just how much of Cruz's most precious resource — time — has been invested in this unique approach to seeking the White House.

Sen. Ted Cruz does an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity before a campaign stop at Prime Time Restaurant in Guthrie Center, Iowa on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Sen. Ted Cruz does an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity before a campaign stop at Prime Time Restaurant in Guthrie Center, Iowa on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Texas GOP Chairman to Pull Primary Shakeup Plan Over Cruz Concerns

Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler will withdraw a proposal that would have changed the first four early voting states after hearing concerns from Ted Cruz. Mechler, a member of the Republican National Committee's rules committee, had planned to raise the idea during the RNC's winter meeting that begins Tuesday in Charleston, S.C.

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.

Five Takeaways from Ted Cruz's Iowa Bus Tour

Ted Cruz logged hundreds of miles on Iowa's snow-dusted roads last week, working to make the case that his rise to the front of the GOP pack in the first-test caucus state is not a flash in the pan. Here are five takeaways from the Texas senator's exhaustive visit.

Heidi Cruz, wife of U.S. senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, with supporters at Republican Party of Texas headquarters on Dec. 3, 2015.
Heidi Cruz, wife of U.S. senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, with supporters at Republican Party of Texas headquarters on Dec. 3, 2015.

Heidi Cruz Trades High-Powered Career for 2016 Campaign

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No one has taken on more roles in the Cruz campaign than Heidi Cruz. On leave from her career at Goldman Sachs in Houston, she has embarked on a journey unlike any she has navigated before — rearranging her entire life and applying her own substantial experience to serve the ambitions of her husband.

Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign bus is parked in downtown Guthrie Center, Iowa on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign bus is parked in downtown Guthrie Center, Iowa on Monday, January 4, 2016.

In Iowa, Cruz Confronts Politics of Ethanol

With a pro-ethanol group hounding his trail in Iowa, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has found himself defending his stand on eliminating the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which is politically sensitive in the corn-growing state.

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.

Ted Cruz Enjoys — and Endures — the Iowa Frontrunner's Life

As he makes his way through a six-day tour of Iowa, Ted Cruz is enjoying — and enduring — life as a frontrunner in the first-in-the-country caucus state. The Republican presidential contender is looking to close the deal with Iowans, telling them the "silly season" is over and he now needs their vote.

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.

Dallas Rally Will be Rubio's First Public Campaign Stop in Texas

While Ted Cruz is spending the week crisscrossing Iowa ahead of that state's caucuses, Marco Rubio is making his first major play for Cruz's home turf with a campaign rally Wednesday in Dallas. Polling suggests Cruz and Donald Trump are in the lead in Texas, but Rubio has retained some prominent backers in the state.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump Says Cruz’s Canadian Birth Could Be "Very Precarious" for GOP

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In a recent interview, Donald Trump said hat rival Ted Cruz’s Canadian birthplace was a “very precarious” issue that could make the Texas senator vulnerable if he became the Republican presidential nominee.

Presidential contender Ted Cruz's first TV ad for New Hampshire depicts bankers, lawyers and journalists fleeing across the border.
Presidential contender Ted Cruz's first TV ad for New Hampshire depicts bankers, lawyers and journalists fleeing across the border.

Cruz Goes on the Air in New Hampshire With "Invasion" Ad

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is launching its first major TV ad in New Hampshire, a dramatic spot that seeks to shore up his border security credentials in a Republican primary race that has been dominated by the issue for months.