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 — ...

The Super PAC Experiment That Bankrolled Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after his apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after his apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

Super PACs backing Ted Cruz's presidential bid didn't just raise millions, they pioneered a new way to channel the money into his effort, experimenting with a new structure that they hoped would coax money from wealthy donors by giving them more control over how it was spent. The results were mixed.

Vietnam veteran Jim Faulkner of Calhoun County signs a Trump for President banner at the Republican Party of Texas event in Dallas May 13, 2016.
Vietnam veteran Jim Faulkner of Calhoun County signs a Trump for President banner at the Republican Party of Texas event in Dallas May 13, 2016.

After Cruz's Campaign, Texas GOP Reaches For Unity

Coming together, at least for now, is not easy. That was on full display over the past three days here at the Texas GOP convention, where a party once solidly behind favorite son Ted Cruz in the presidential race grappled with uniting behind his fiercest rival and now the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. 

Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.
Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.

Scenes from the Texas GOP Convention

Scenes from the 2016 state Republican Party convention in Dallas, Texas.

Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2016.
Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2016.

Texas GOP Hears Cruz on "Challenges Ahead," Sessions on Unity

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sought Saturday to re-energize his most loyal supporters after a tough defeat in the presidential race, urging them not to abandon the conservative movement. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama urged the delegates to unite and forge ahead.

A somber Ted Cruz reflects on his presidential campaign during an interview Saturday morning with the Texas Tribune on May 14, 2016.
A somber Ted Cruz reflects on his presidential campaign during an interview Saturday morning with the Texas Tribune on May 14, 2016.

An Introspective Cruz In No Rush To Back Trump

Ted Cruz is making clear that he is in no rush to get behind presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, instead vowing to remain involved in the nominating process as it reaches the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.
The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.

Analysis: Regardless of 2016 Results, Texas GOP Still Enthralled by Cruz

Ted Cruz, for perfectly sound reasons, packed the Republican Party of Texas convention with his own supporters. As of last week, he’s no longer a candidate for president of the United States, but he’s still the favorite here.

Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.
Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.

Analysis: Whose Texas GOP Is It, Anyway?

The Republican Party of Texas’ convention in Dallas gives the heart of the state’s GOP electorate a chance to see their heroes and stars and to figure out — if possible — where the various conservative tribes are going to come together.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz announces that he is dropping out of the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination as his wife Heidi looks on at his Indiana primary night rally in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 3, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz announces that he is dropping out of the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination as his wife Heidi looks on at his Indiana primary night rally in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 3, 2016.

After Loss, Cruz Works to Keep Supporters Engaged

Ted Cruz may have dropped out of the race last week, but he is working to ensure his supporters stay engaged through the Republican National Convention.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a May 6, 2016, news conference at the state Capitol after the unveiling of his official portrait.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a May 6, 2016, news conference at the state Capitol after the unveiling of his official portrait.

Perry on Trump Endorsement: "We Let Bygones be Bygones"

In Austin, former Gov. Rick Perry on Friday defended his endorsement of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee whom Perry once called a "cancer on conservatism." Perry said such rhetoric comes in the heat of battle.

Senator Ted Cruz speaks to Texas reporters in Columbia following the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Saturday night, February 20, 2016.
Senator Ted Cruz speaks to Texas reporters in Columbia following the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Saturday night, February 20, 2016.

How Does Ted Cruz Return To The Senate?

With his presidential campaign behind him, Ted Cruz will soon return to the U.S. Capitol and the job he was working so hard to transcend: rank-and-file senator. It will likely be hostile territory.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during his five state primary night rally in Knightstown, Indiana on
April 26, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during his five state primary night rally in Knightstown, Indiana on April 26, 2016.

Pro-Cruz Super PAC Plays Offense in Indiana

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The pro-Cruz super PAC Trusted Leadership has pumped $2.4 million into the freshman Texas senator's scramble to pull out a win in Indiana.