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Ted CruzREPRepublican United States Senator
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Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States senator for Texas since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008. After graduating from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Cruz pursued a career in politics. He worked as a policy advisor in the George W. Bush administration before serving as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008. In 2012, Cruz was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Hispanic-American to serve as a U.S. senator from Texas. In the Senate, Cruz has taken consistently conservative positions on economic and social policy; he played a leading role in the 2013 United States federal government shutdown, seeking to force Congress and President Barack Obama to defund the Affordable Care Act. He was reelected in a close Senate race in 2018 against Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke. In 2016, Cruz ran for president of the United States, placing second behind Donald Trump in the Republican primaries. The competition for the Republican presidential nomination between Trump and Cruz was deeply acrimonious and characterized by a series of public personal attacks. While Cruz initially declined to endorse Trump's campaign once he won the nomination, he became a staunch Trump supporter during the latter's presidency.

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Campaign Funding

Total Raised
Total Spent
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Real Estate$1,563,531
Oil & Gas$1,357,317
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,191,407
Securities & Investment$1,154,712
Health Professionals$927,756
Misc Finance$781,687
Misc Business$639,588
Business Services$506,408
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

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Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education7 - 7 of 5
Princeton University
Bachelor of Arts
Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Awty International School
Harvard Law School
Juris Doctor
Second Baptist School
Past Positions1 - 12 of 12
United States Senate
2013 - Current
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership
2008 - 2013
Adjunct Professor of Law
United States Court Litigation, University of Texas School of Law
2004 - 2009
Solicitor General of Texas
Office of the Attorney General
2003 - 2008
Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
2001 - 2003
Associate Deputy Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
Department of Justice, Bush-Cheney Transition Team
2000 - 2001
Domestic Policy Advisor
Bush Presidential Campaign
1999 - 2000
Florida Recount Team
Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign
Cooper/Carvin & Rosenthal
1997 - 1999
Law Clerk
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States
1996 - 1997
Law Clerk
Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1995 - 1996
Other Experience1 - 23 of 23
Board Member
Hispanic Alliance for Progress
Board Member
Texas Review of Law & Politics
Texas Lyceum
Executive Editor
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
Founding Editor
Harvard Latino Law Review
Texas Philosophical Society
American Law Institute
Primary Editor
Harvard Law Review
Former Chair
Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on The Constitution, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, United States Senate
Former Member
Strategic Forces Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Airland Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Armed Services Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Seapower, United States Senate
Former Member
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, United States Senate
Former Member
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, United States Senate