Cruz is the junior senator from Texas and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Cruz is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Cruz.
Cruz is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cruz has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Ted Cruz sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation subcommittee Ranking Member
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- the Constitution subcommittee Ranking Member
- Joint Economic Committee
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Cruz was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 4744 (116th): Republic of Texas Legation Memorial Act
- S. 1441 (116th): Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019
- S. 1635 (116th): A bill to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Odessa, Texas, as the “Wilson and Young Medal of Honor VA Clinic”.
- S. 3257 (115th): Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act
- S. 2220 (115th): National Timing Resilience and Security Act of 2017
- S. 1892 (115th): A bill to provide tax relief related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
- S. 442 (115th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017
Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cruz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (32%) Taxation (21%) Health (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Environmental Protection (6%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)
Some of Cruz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 271: A resolution affirming that the United States supports the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum ...
- S. 2045: A bill to designate the area between the intersections of 16th Street, Northwest ...
- S. 1932: A bill to protect individual liberty, ensure privacy, and prohibit discrimination with respect ...
- S.Res. 237: A resolution approving of the sales of defense items to Israel notified to ...
- S. 1722: Protecting America From Spies Act
- S. 1641: ISRA
- S. 1503: Transparency to Rehabilitate United States Treaties with Mexico Act of 2021
From Jan 2013 to Jun 2021, Cruz missed 278 of 2,719 roll call votes, which is 10.2%. This is much worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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