Ted (Ted) Cruz (R)
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Room 167 RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-4306

Residence: Houston, TX
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Heidi Nelson   DOB: 12/22/1970
Committee Assignments
RM MemberSenate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
RM MemberSenate Subcommittee on the Constitution
FC MemberSenate Tea Party Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
MemberSenate Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
MemberSenate Committee on Rules and Administration
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights
MemberSenate Committee on the Judiciary
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Space and Science
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manufacturing
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovations
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security
MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime Freight, and Ports
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband
FC MemberSenate Pro-Life Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus


Ted grew up in Texas. His father, Rafael, fled Cuba after being tortured and imprisoned and came to Texas with just $100 sewn into his underwear. Rafael got a job washing dishes making 50 cents an hour and learned English. He worked hard and attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a degree in mathematics. He later started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Rafael is a pastor in Dallas. Ted's mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family. She became the first in her family to go to college, graduating from Rice University with a degree in mathematics. She broke boundaries at Shell as one of the few women working as a computer programmer at the dawn of the computer age. Ted earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Harvard Law School. After law school, Ted clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist and then worked in private practice. In 1999, Ted joined George W. Bush's campaign for president as a domestic policy advisor. The best thing about Ted's experience on the Bush-Cheney campaign, by far, was meeting Heidi Nelson, who also worked on the policy team. Heidi and Ted married after the campaign. After working at the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission during the Bush administration, Ted moved back home to be the Solicitor General of Texas. As Solicitor General, Ted argued eight cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and defended our freedom of speech, our right to keep and bear arms, and our religious liberty in courts across the nation. Following his service as Solicitor General, Ted returned to private practice, where he continued to litigate high stakes cases and argued his ninth case before the Supreme Court. Ted and Heidi also started their family, welcoming Caroline and Catherine. In 2013, Ted was sworn into the United States Senate, where he has been a passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and national security. He has authored dozens of legislative measures that have been signed into law, including expanding 529 college savings accounts to allow parents to save for K-12 public, private, and religious education, repealing Obamacare's individual mandate, imposing sanctions on terrorists who use civilians as human shields, designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, targeting Putin's Nord Stream 2 pipeline through multiple bills that halted construction and kept it stalled, reauthorizing and reforming NASA, holding dictatorships in South America accountable, and ensuring the availability of additional records to help solve civil rights cold cases. He is also leading the fight in the Senate to support Texas jobs, rein in Big Tech, secure the border, and fundamentally reassess the U.S.-China relationship and hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for covering up the coronavirus pandemic, committing human rights atrocities, and engaging in censorship, propaganda, and espionage in the United States.