Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician and U.S. Senator from Texas. He is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, in the 2016 presidential election.
He was the first Hispanic, and the longest-serving solicitor general in Texas history. Cruz was also an adjunct professor of law from 2004 to 2009 at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation.