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Ted Cruz

AKA Rafael Edward Cruz

Born: 22-Dec-1970
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic [1]
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician, Attorney
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Texas

"Tea Party" Republican Senator from Texas, elected after defeating establishment candidate David Dewhurst in the 2012 primary. Renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014. On 6 January 2012, took a bold stand against all compromise: "I don't think what Washington needs is more compromise, I think what Washington needs is more common sense and more principle."[2]

Has referred to climate change as "a so-called scientific theory," and argued that "the problem with climate change is there's never been a day in the history of the world in which the climate is not changing." Following the Republican electoral victories in 2014, Cruz became chair the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space. He is now a candidate for the Republican Party's 2016 Presidential nomination.

His father, evangelical preacher Rafael Cruz, has made headlines for declaring President Barack Obama is a Marxist Kenyan, warning that Obamacare "death panels" are coming, etc., and makes frequent campaign appearances on behalf of his son.

[1] Per his own campaign website, "the first Hispanic ever to have clerked for the Chief Justice of the United States" and "the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas." He told Telemundo: "My situation is what a lot of people are familiar with, which is that I am a second generation, and I grew up speaking Spanish at home, actually, but what we spoke at home was Spanglish."

[2] Fox News Sunday, 6 January 2012.

Father: Rafael Bienvenido Cruz (former salesman, now a Christian minister)
Mother: Eleanor Elizabeth Darragh
Wife: Heidi Suzanne Nelson (Goldman Sachs vice president, two daughters)
Daughter: Caroline Camille
Daughter: Catherine Christiane

    High School: Faith West Academy, Katy, TX
    High School: Second Baptist High School, Houston, TX
BA, Princeton University (1992)
    Law School: JD, Harvard Law School (1995)
    Adjunct Professor: University of Texas School of Law (2004-09)

    US Senator, Texas (3-Jan-2013 to present)
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius Partner (2008-11)
    Texas State Official Solicitor General (2003-08)
    US Federal Trade Commission Dir., Office of Policy Planning (2001-03)
    US Justice Department Associate Deputy AG
    Law Clerk to William Rehnquist, US Supreme Court (1996)
    Law Clerk to J. Michael Luttig, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (1995)
    Florida 2000 Recount
    Funeral: Nelson Mandela (2013)
    Global Warming Skeptics
    Cuban Ancestry Paternal
    Irish Ancestry Maternal
    Italian Ancestry Maternal

    Fahrenheit 11/9 (6-Sep-2018) · Himself
    Before the Flood (9-Sep-2016) · Himself
    America (4-Jul-2014) · Himself

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