Bachelor's Degree from Princeton University (1992)
Harvard Law School (1995)
Was a Law Clerk for J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1995, and in 1996 for William Rehnquist the then-Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
He took a position with a law firm known as Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, which is now known as Cooper & Kirk, LLC, from 1997 to 1998. He dealt with matters on the National Rifle Association, and also helped prepare impeachment proceedings against then-President Bill Clinton. He also served as private counsel for Congressman John Boehner during Boehner's lawsuit against Congressman Jim McDermott for releasing a tape recording of a Boehner telephone conversation.
In 1999, he took a position in GW Bush's presidential campaign, as a Policy Director for issues ranging from constitutional law, government reform, and criminal justice. He also held a high ranking position in the U.S. Justice Department, as Associate Deputy Attorney General, then as Director of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. This was all until around 2003.
In 2003, Texas Attorney General Abbott selected Ted Cruz to serve as Texas Solicitor General. A position he held for about 5 years. He argued 9 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning 5, losing 4.
He authored more than 70 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and orally presented 43 of them.
After being a Solicitor General of Texas but before being a U.S. Senator, he worked at another law firm in Houston, Texas, called Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and a lot of the time representing clients on corporate matters.
In 2012, he beat the establishment favorite for the U.S. Senate seat, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Even after winning 2nd place in the initial primary, and not favored to win the runoff, Ted Cruz still managed to close the gap in polls and pull out a primary runoff win.
Since 2013, Ted Cruz has taken the lead on a wide variety of issues that matter most to conservatives, stopping gun control, Obamacare, Obama's lawlessness and executive overreach, etc.
Ted Cruz made one of the longest speeches on the Senate floor, about 21 hours. With the incoming GOP Senate majority, I expect him to at least Chair a Subcommittees in the Judiciary Committee.
By 2017, Ted Cruz will have had 4 years in the Senate, but having been involved in politics for about 21 years, minus 6 of those 21 years but still gaining experience in that time - which is more than can be said for most candidates.
Ted Cruz is probably the most smartest, energetic, passionate, experienced, intelligent candidate. Don't underestimate him.