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Ted Cruz 2016: 7 Facts About Political Background of GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a United States senator from Texas since 2012 who also worked as the domestic policy advisor for the Bush presidential campaign, started his path into politics while a high school student in Houston, where his studies required him to memorize the U.S. Constitution.

Here are seven facts about this possible candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential election.

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Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1992 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law in 1995, later landing a position in the office of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

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Ted Cruz ran a private law practice for two years before working on the campaign from 1999 to 2000 for future president George W. Bush, a time during which Cruz was promoted to domestic policy advisor.

3. After Bush’s election campaign, Ted Cruz became the department of justice coordinator for the Bush transition team, and was later appointed to associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice before his promotion to director of policy planning at the Federal Trade Commission.

4. From 2003 to 2008, Cruz filled the role as the solicitor general of Texas.

5. From 2004 to 2009, Cruz taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

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6. In 2012, Ted Cruz ran for Republican nomination for the senatorial election, winning by 13 percent, and ultimately earned a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he was appointed to four Senate committees.

7. Ted Cruz’s current membership on legislative subcommittees include aviation, operations, safety, and security; bankruptcy and the courts; communications, technology, and the internet; consumer protection, product safety, and insurance; crime and terrorism; emerging threats and capabilities; immigration, refugees, and border security; oceans, atmosphere, fisheries, and Coast Guard; readiness and management support; science and space; and the Constitution, civil rights, and human rights.

During an August 2014 speech in Texas, Ted Cruz alluded to the possibility of his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, according to The Associated Press, which reported Cruz has never ruled out a presidential run and stated “time will tell.”

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