Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (b. December 22, 1970, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is the current junior U.S. Senator from Texas and a member of the Republican Party, first elected in 2012. He served as Solicitor General of Texas under Governor Rick Perry from 2003 to 2008, where he championed conservative causes and argued cases in front of the United States Supreme Court a total of nine times. In what The Washington Post described as the biggest upset of the year, he defeated Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in the primary runoff on July 31st, 2012, a show of strength for the Tea Party Movement. Cruz went on to win in the general election on November 6th, 2012, and is running for re-election in 2018.
In Congress, Cruz has often been cited as a source of friction with colleagues, even those among his own party - former Speaker of the House John Boehner even described Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh."
Often lauded for his oratory skills, Cruz launched his bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in a speech at Liberty University in March 2015. He would eventually win 11 state primaries and caucuses - including the first-in-the-nation contest in Iowa - and nearly eight million votes, second only to eventual nominee and President Donald Trump.
In the multiverse, however, Cruz has often found himself in very different situations - ranging from being elected President of the United States to Premier of Alberta. These include: