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Sen. Ted Cruz

Senator for Texas

pronounced ted // krooz

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.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Cruz.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Jul 15, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

FreedomWorks: 100% NumbersUSA: 99% Americans for Prosperity: 98% United States Chamber of Commerce: 72% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: C American Civil Liberties Union: 5% League of Conservation Voters: 3% Human Rights Campaign: 0% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Ted Cruz sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cruz was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cruz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (34%) Immigration (13%) Taxation (12%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Health (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cruz’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cruz voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Cruz voted Nay

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Cruz voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Cruz voted Nay

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Cruz voted Nay

Bill Passed 97/2 on Sep 19, 2013.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jul 2019, Cruz missed 247 of 1,967 roll call votes, which is 12.6%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: