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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 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.

Cruz is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. In the days leading up to January 6, Cruz had announced his intent to object on that day to the inclusion of some states in the final tally that determined the next president, which would have disenfranchised millions of voters based on lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal theories all falsely claiming various sorts of mass fraud that did not occur. The announcement amplified the message that inspired the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Cruz voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 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 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 May 26, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Ted Cruz sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cruz was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 12 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cruz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (34%) Taxation (20%) Health (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Education (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Cruz recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Cruz voted Nay

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

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

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to May 2022, Cruz missed 304 of 3,217 roll call votes, which is 9.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% 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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Primary Sources

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