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Sen. Ted Cruz has positioned himself as the anti-establishment candidate - that is until truly anti-establishment, non-politicians like Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina entered the race. Still, Cruz is continuing with the persona that he's built since his recent 2013 entry into the Senate as a firebrand willing to defy the advice and leadership of his Republican elders.

The junior senator from Texas has led a rebellious group of conservatives in Congress through more than one government shutdown showdown, including an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and keeps that as a tool to defeat legislation he opposes.

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He has taken that anti-establishment, anti-government message and built a presidential campaign based on it. The son of a pastor was the first to announce his candidacy, and he did so on March 23, 2015 at Liberty University, the staunchly conservative college in southern Virginia, which was also a signal to Christian conservatives that he was attempting to win their vote, too.

Since then he has championed social issues, including an effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress. He also rushed to Kim Davis' side when the county clerk in Kentucky refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"This is our fight," Cruz said at Liberty. "The answer will not come from Washington. It will come only from the men and women across this country … from people of faith, from lovers of liberty, from people who respect the Constitution."

Cruz has won four states, including his home state of Texas, so far in the primary contest. He is currently second behind Trump in delegates needed to win the nomination.

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Career History

U.S. Senator from Texas

2013-Present

Worked for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

2008-2012

Solicitor General of Texas

2003-2008

Director of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission

2001-2003

Domestic Policy Adviser for 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign

Did You Know?

Cruz played a leading role in a production of "The Crucible" while attending Harvard Law School and gained national attention for reading Green Eggs and Ham during a 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor in 2013.

Personal and Family

Date of birth

December 22, 1970

Place of birth

Calgary, Canada

Spouse

Heidi Cruz

Children

Caroline and Catherine

Education

Princeton, B.A., 1992; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1995

Religion

Southern Baptist

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