Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is the United States Senator-elect for the state of Texas. A Republican, Cruz defeated Democrat Paul Sadler in the November 6, 2012 United States Senate election. Cruz is also endorsed by the Tea Party Movement. He announced his presidential campaign through the use of social media and while attending an event at Liberty University. The Republican party have viewed Cruz as a potential nominee for President of the United States since shortly after taking office in 2013. He was the first announced major Republican candidate in the 2016 campaign.
Cruz was Solicitor General of the U.S. state of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the United States, and had the longest tenure in the post thus far in Texas history. He previously served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, from 2004 to 2009 Cruz was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation. Read more
The Cruz campaign logo (The Flag of the United States spliced with the Torch of Liberty) became one of the most popular recognized brand logos presented in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. His platform includes repealing the Affordable Care Act, support of Israel, economic growth,a flat tax and abolition of the IRS.
Questions have been raised as to whether or not Cruz meets the constitutional qualification to serve as President of the United States. Cruz was born in Canada but his mother is a United States citizen. Several lawsuits have been filed challenging this qualification. Donald Trump has attempted to use this against Cruz in the race for the presidential nomination.
After facing yet another loss, this time in the Indiana Primaries, Cruz has decided to suspend his campaign and drop the GOP bid.