The Race for the White House 2016: Who is Ted Cruz?

I’ve decided that I’m going to do a series of blog posts regarding the current crop of presidential candidates (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Hillary Clinton). I’m going to be focusing on their personal background and their voting histories on six topics that I feel affect voters today; Healthcare, Education, Job Creation (including minimum wage), Social Programs (medicare/medicaid, SSI, EBT, etc), Gun Control and Human Rights (including LGBT rights and women’s rights). I will include links to all my sources and try to keep these posts as factual and impartial as possible. I got all the information on the voting history from the website Project Vote Smart and will post the links to the individual bills that are being voted on in the sources section. There are so many more issues than just the ones I’m listing and I would encourage you to do your research on any not listed here that are important to you.

Ted Cruz: Personal Information

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was born December 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Rafael Cruz (a naturalized Cuban citizen) and Eleanor Wilson Cruz (a U.S. citizen from Delaware). When Cruz was very young, he and his parents moved to Katy, Texas where Cruz attended school, graduating valedictorian in 1988. In 1992, Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy. After Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law, graduating magna cum laude in 1995.(1) Cruz formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship on May 14, 2014.

Cruz’s law career began shortly after graduating from Harvard when he served as law clerk to J. Michael Lutting of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and later to William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States in 1996. From 1997-1998, Cruz took a position with law firm Cooper & Kirk, LLC. While working with this firm, Cruz began working with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and helped to draft the impeachment proceedings for President Bill Clinton. Cruz also served as private counsel for now-Speaker of the House John Boehner  when Boehner sued Congressman Jim McDermott for a breach of privacy. (1)

In 1999, Cruz joined the Bush administration campaign as domestic policy adviser. After George W. Bush took office Cruz served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department and as the director of policy planning at the U.S.Federal Trade Commission. (1) Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas under Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott from 2003-2008. After leaving the Solicitor General position in 2008, Cruz joined private law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP where he represented corporate clients. (1)

Ted Cruz (R-TX) was elected as a U.S. Senator in 2012 and took office in 2013. On March 23, 2015 Ted Cruz announced that he was running for the United States Presidency in 2016. (1)

Ted Cruz: The Issues


* On March 13, 2013 : Yea to S Amdt 30 – To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2)

* On March 31, 2014: Nay on HR 4302 – Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (2.1)


*On June 6, 2013: Nay on S 953 – Student Loan Affordability Act (2.2)

*On June 6, 2013: Yea on S 1003 – Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act (2.3)

*On July 24, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 1778 – Limits Interest Rates on Certain Federal Student Loans (2.4)

*On July 31, 2013: Yea on HR 1911 – Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (2.5) 

*On June 11, 2014: Nay on S 2432 – Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (2.6)

Job Creation:

*On April 20, 2014: Nay on S 2223 – Minimum Wage Fairness Act (2.7)

*On July 30, 2014: Nay on S 2569 – Bring Jobs Home Act (2.8) 

Social Programs:

* On May 23, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 953 – Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals With Incomes More than $750,000 (2,9)

* On June 10, 2013: Nay on S 954 – Agriculture Reform, Food and Job Acts of 2013 (3.0)

*On January 14, 2014: Nay on S 1845 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (3.1)

Gun Control:

*On April 17, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 719 – Authorizes Reciprocity For the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms (3.2)

On April 17, 2014: Nay on S Amdt 715 – Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act (3.3)

*On April 17, 2014: Nay on S Amdt 714 – Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity (3.4)

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 711 – Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons (35)

Human Rights:

*On February 28, 2013: Nay on S 47 – Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act (3.6)

*On November 7, 2013: Nay on S 815 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (3.7)

*On November 7, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 2013 – Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (3.8)

*On July 16, 2014: Nay on S 2578 – Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014 (3.9)
























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