What did Ted Cruz do before becoming a U.S. senator?


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Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz served as Solicitor General for the State of Texas and then worked in private practice for the Houston law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. At Morgan Lewis, he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.

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What did Ted Cruz do before becoming a U.S. senator?
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As Solicitor General for the State of Texas, Cruz argued before the Supreme Court nine times, winning five cases and losing four. Cruz authored 70 United States Supreme Court briefs and presented 43 oral arguments, making him one of the highest-profile lawyers from the state of Texas in the past quarter century.

In 2009 and 2010, Ted Cruz briefly considered a bid for state attorney general when the incumbent Attorney General Greg Abbott, who hired Cruz as Solicitor General, decided to run for re-election. During that time, he represented corporate clients for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Before serving as Solicitor General, Ted Cruz joined the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 1999 as a domestic policy adviser, advising the 2000 Bush-Cheney team on a wide range of policy and legal matters. After President Bush took office, Cruz served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department and as the Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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