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Republican Presidential Candidate
US Senator (R-TX)

Full Name: Rafael Edward Cruz
Birthdate: Dec. 22, 1970
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Marital Status: Married
Children: Two
Religion: Southern Baptist

  • US Senator (R-TX), Jan. 3, 2013-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • Member, US Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Member, US Senate Joint Economic Committee
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Member, Senate Tea Party Caucus, 2013-present
  • Partner, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP, May 2008-Jan. 2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law, Aug. 2004-May 2009
  • Solicitor General, Texas, Jan. 9, 2003-May 12, 2008
  • Director of Policy Planning, US Federal Trade Commission, July 2001- Jan. 2003
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Justice Department, Jan. 2001-June 2001
  • Domestic Policy Advisor, George W. Bush presidential campaign, July 1999-Nov. 2000
  • Partner, Cooper, Carvin, & Rosenthal (now Cooper & Kirk, LLC), 1997-1998
  • Law Clerk, William Rehnquist, US Supreme Court, July 1996-July 1997
  • Law Clerk, J. Michael Luttig, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, June 1995-June 1996

  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1995
  • AB, cum laude, Public Policy, Princeton University, 1992

Affiliations and Awards:
  • Expert, Federalist Society
  • Vice-Chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Named, "25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century," Texas Lawyer, 2010
  • Named, "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," National Law Journal, 2008
  • Named, "20 Young Hispanic Americans on the Rise," Newsweek, 1999
  • Named, "50 Best Litigators under 45 in America," The American Lawyer

  • Member of the Florida recount team for Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign
  • His father was a Cuban refugee

Select Publications:
  • A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, 2015