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.
Read our 2018 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 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
Ted Cruz sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Chair, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Joint Economic Committee
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Cruz was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3257: STOP Using Human Shields Act
- S. 2220: National Timing Resilience and Security Act of 2017
- S. 1892: A bill to provide tax relief related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
- S. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017
- S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.
- S. 1297 (114th): U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act
- S. 2195 (113th): A bill to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities ...
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 (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%)
Some of Cruz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1886: Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act of 2019
- S. 1824: Hong Kong Policy Reevaluation Act of 2019
- S. 1771: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to establish the Assistant ...
- S. 1701: Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2019
- S. 1635: A bill to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans ...
- S. 1586: Federal Insurance Office Abolishment Act of 2019
- S. 1478: A bill to repeal the Office of Financial Research, and for other purposes.
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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