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 — ...

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks to small crowd at the Harris County Republican Party headquarters election watch party  in Houston, Texas on November 8, 2016
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks to small crowd at the Harris County Republican Party headquarters election watch party in Houston, Texas on November 8, 2016

Trump's shocking upset emboldens Texas GOP

Donald Trump's presidential victory was the stuff of Texas GOP dreams, and the state's party leaders are moving quickly to capitalize on this once-in-a-century opportunity.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz thanks supporters of his failed presidential bid at a waterfront bar along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz thanks supporters of his failed presidential bid at a waterfront bar along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

In home stretch, Cruz keeps focus on downballot, turnout

In the final weeks before Election Day, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has focused his political efforts on protecting the GOP majority in the Senate, boosting other down-ballot candidates and keeping conservative turnout from slipping in Texas.

Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives to speak during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives to speak during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

Stumping with Pence, Cruz doesn't directly boost Trump

In his first public appearance on behalf of his party's presidential ticket, Ted Cruz stopped far short of making an unambiguous pitch for Donald Trump, his former bitter rival in the primaries. 

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.

Castro, mulling Cruz challenge, blasts senator's Trump endorsement

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is providing a scathing assessment of the Sen. Ted Cruz's deliberations over whether to endorse Donald Trump. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.

Analysis: Texas Candidates’ Departures Can Hinder Their Returns

The end of one political race is often the beginning of the next one. As former Gov. Rick Perry learned, an "oops" moment in one contest can color voter opinion in the next one. That ought to worry U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Delaware
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Delaware

With Lawsuit, Paxton Joins Cruz Fight Over Internet "Giveaway"

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is jumping into Ted Cruz's fight to stop what the U.S. senator calls President Barack Obama's illegal Internet "giveaway." 

At the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said he endorsed Donald Trump because the election is a binary choice between Hillary Clinton and Trump. This is the full video of Tribune CEO Evan Smith's interview with Cruz.

Ted Cruz Refuses to Say Trump is Fit for the Presidency

At the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said he endorsed Donald Trump because the election is a binary choice between Hillary Clinton and Trump. This is the full video of Tribune CEO Evan Smith's interview with Cruz.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to the Texas delegation at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to the Texas delegation at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.

Cruz Says He's Willing to Forgive Trump for Family Attacks

When Ted Cruz declined to endorse Donald Trump earlier this year at the Republican National Convention, one sticking point was the businessman's attacks on Cruz's family during the primaries. When Trump, now the GOP nominee, went after Cruz's dad and wife, Cruz said, he "abrogated" a GOP unity pledge all the candidates signed last year.