ROAD TO 2016
The Ted Cruz file
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz
Age: Born Dec. 22, 1970 ( 44)
Political party: Republican
Political experience: Domestic policy advisor to the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign; associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; solicitor general, state of Texas; elected in 2012 as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas.
Education: Graduated with honors from Princeton University, with high honors from Harvard Law School, was law clerk to William Rehnquist, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Hispanic to serve in that position.
Business: Private law practice
Family: He and his wife Heidi live in Houston with their two daughters, Caroline and Catherine.
Interesting factoid: Father was born in Cuba, survived being imprisoned and tortured. He fled to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English. He made 50 cents an hour washing dishes, put himself through the University of Texas and started a small business in the oil and gas industry. His father is now a pastor in Dallas.
Source: Cruz Senate website, news reports