By Maille Halloran
Ted Cruz is the lesser known frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential race. Though he does not boast a background as colourful as Donald Trump’s, Cruz’s tertiary years were characterised by success in debating and law. Already a Princeton graduate, Cruz received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. During his time at Harvard, Cruz founded the Harvard Latino Law Review and was a principal editor of the university’s famous Law Review.
Cruz’s Harvard classmates have commented that the junior US Senator was highly intelligent but frustratingly conservative. Certainly Cruz’s legal activism has denoted steadfast conservatism and traditionalism. As Solicitor General of Texas, Cruz indirectly argued for pro-gun laws and the death penalty before the US Supreme Court. He currently holds the record for the most number of cases argued before the US Supreme Court by a Texas lawyer.
Cruz worked in private practice both before and after his stint as Solicitor General. In private practice, Cruz represented Pfizer in a lawsuit brought by hospitals and community centres that accused the pharmaceutical giant of overcharging. He also advocated on behalf of the National Rifle Association and prepared testimony relating to the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton.
Cruz’s legal resume is distinctly Republican, and sets him in good stead for nomination in 2016. The Tea Party favourite might yet be the next President of the United States.