Ted Cruz, the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas, holds a number of career records. He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, and he became the youngest Solicitor General in the United States. Moreover, he is the longest-serving Solicitor General in the history of Texas.
Another interesting fact is connected with Cruz's family. Although his father comes from Cuba, Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada. He held dual citizenship in the United States and Canada until he renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014.
His professional background reveals other interesting facts. He served as the first Hispanic clerk of the former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, William Rehnquist. Ted Cruz has argued nine cases at the Supreme Court, which is more than any other practicing lawyer in Texas. He found the trials very burdensome and revealed that he has a painting in his office depicting him arguing a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cruz had never held an elected office before his run for Senate in 2012. He won a national debate championship during his studies at Princeton. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, so he has degrees from two Ivy League universities.