Last updated on: 12/8/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Ted Cruz, JD Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-TX)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The question of whether peace is ultimately achieved through a one-state solution or a two-state solution is a question for Israel, and America shouldn’t dictate the answers…

If Israel were on its own initiative to negotiate a two-state solution, every nation on earth would recognize those two states. There would not be a disagreement if it were negotiated by the parties in question. What it should not be is imposed from outside.”

Jamie Weinstein, “The Cruz Doctrine: Ted Cruz Opens up about His Foreign Policy Worldview,” dailycaller.com, Apr. 28, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 2016 Republican Candidate for US President
  • US Senator (R-TX), Jan. 3, 2013-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • Member, US Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Member, US Senate Joint Economic Committee
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Member, Senate Tea Party Caucus, 2013-present
  • Partner, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP, May 2008-Jan. 2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law, Aug. 2004-May 2009
  • Solicitor General, Texas, Jan. 9, 2003-May 12, 2008
  • Director of Policy Planning, US Federal Trade Commission, July 2001- Jan. 2003
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Justice Department, Jan. 2001-June 2001
  • Domestic Policy Advisor, George W. Bush presidential campaign, July 1999-Nov. 2000
  • Partner, Cooper, Carvin, & Rosenthal (now Cooper & Kirk, LLC), 1997-1998
  • Law Clerk, William Rehnquist, US Supreme Court, July 1996-July 1997
  • Law Clerk, J. Michael Luttig, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, June 1995-June 1996
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1995
  • AB, cum laude, Public Policy, Princeton University, 1992
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @tedcruz
  • Full name is Rafael Edward Cruz
  • Was born on Dec. 22, 1970 in Calgary (Canada)
  • Expert, Federalist Society
  • Vice-Chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Named, “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century,” Texas Lawyer, 2010
  • Named, “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal, 2008
  • Named, “20 Young Hispanic Americans on the Rise,” Newsweek, 1999
  • Named, “50 Best Litigators under 45 in America,” The American Lawyer