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 — ...

Analysis: Whose Texas GOP Is It, Anyway?

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.

The Republican Party of Texas’ biennial convention in Dallas gives the heart of the state’s GOP electorate a chance to see their heroes and stars, to assess the current state of the party at the end of a rambunctious primary season, and to figure out — if possible — where the various conservative tribes are going to come together.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announces his withdrawal from the presidential campaign in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 3, 2016.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announces his withdrawal from the presidential campaign in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 3, 2016.

Cruz Returns to Senate, Says Voters Needn't Decide on Trump Yet

On his first day back in the Senate, Ted Cruz repeatedly avoided endorsing his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, ruled out a third-party run against Donald Trump and said he would continue to serve as an “outsider."

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 Dropping Out, 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.

Rick 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.

Republican front runner Donald Trump savors the surprise endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie during a press conference in Fort Worth on Feb. 26, 2016.
Republican front runner Donald Trump savors the surprise endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie during a press conference in Fort Worth on Feb. 26, 2016.

Texas Republicans Begin to Accept Trump

The Texas Republican Party, much of it aligned with Ted Cruz until he dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday, is beginning to accept Donald Trump as its national standard-bearer. 

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.

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.

As Indiana Primary Nears, Gov. Mike Pence Says He'll Vote for Cruz

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Friday announced he would be voting for Ted Cruz for president, giving the Texas senator a much-needed boost four days before a potentially make-or-break primary for his campaign.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was interviewed by Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith on Oct. 16, 2015.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was interviewed by Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith on Oct. 16, 2015.

Bathroom Battle Begins Taking Hold in Texas

Activists, lawmakers and state leaders are eyeing Texas as the next battleground in what has become an explosive national debate: the right of transgender people to decide which bathroom they use. 

 

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz holds a campaign rally to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Bernstein
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz holds a campaign rally to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Bernstein

Cruz Taps Fiorina as Running Mate Should He Win GOP Nomination

At a rally in Indianapolis, Ted Cruz named former presidential rival Carly Fiorina as his would-be running mate if he can manage to snag the Republican presidential nomination from frontrunner Donald Trump.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Paxton's Office Defends Continued Pay for Former Staffers

The office of Attorney General Ken Paxton is formally defending his decision to continue paying two high-level staffers after they resigned, saying Paxton "acted in a compassionate, legal, and ethical manner."