Ted Cruz wins endorsement of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott – Chron.com
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been making strides since his time in Harvard Law School. Keep clicking to see the major events of his life and how they've shaped U.S. politics.

Source: Houston Chronicle

Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Cruz family moved back to Houston after an oil slump negatively impacted their business.

A young Ted Cruz was ticketed for "minor in possession of alcohol" after Texas authorities discovered an unopened case of beer in his vehicle.

Ted Cruz graduated as valedictorian from Houston's Second Baptist School.

Cruz's parents declared bankruptcy amid the energy bust. "The oil industry had really taken a dive and they had gone bankrupt - they lost everything when oil tanked," Cruz said.

Ted Cruz, right, at his Princeton graduation. He won a debate national championship while an undergrad.

Cruz earned his law degree from Harvard.

The young Harvard law graduate clerked for then Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Cruz served as an attorney under George W. Bush who deployed him to Florida in 2000 for the presidential recount.
Cruz married Heidi Suzanne Nelson, a vice president with Goldman Sachs.

Following the recount, Cruz worked as a lawyer under the George W. Bush administration.

Then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott hired Cruz as a solicitor general. One of his key cases was "Medellin v. Texas" where he defied international opposition and even the Bush Administration to defend Texas' right to execute a Mexican-born murderer.

Cruz resigned from the solicitor general position in the hope he could succeed Abbott as attorney general. His campaign attracted money from many individuals, including an openly gay media mogul. But Cruz dropped out of the race after Abbott chose to seek re-election.

After his aborted bid for the attorney general's chair, Cruz became a private appellate attorney. In one case, Cruz took the side of a Chinese tire marker accused of pollution. Then-Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst would call "Red Ted" for that case.

Cruz publicly declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate after then-Sen. Kay Hailey Hutchison announced she would not be seeking re-election.

Cruz beat out Dewhurst for the Texas GOP nomination for the U.S. senate.

Cruz goes on to beat Democratic contender Paul Sadler to become Texas' junior senator.

Cruz votes against the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have required more background checks on gun purchasers.

Cruz, a prominent opponent of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, initiated a 21-hour pseudo-filibuster on the Senate floor in an act of opposition to the proposed 2013 budget. It was the fourth-longest speech of its kind in U.S. history.

After failing to reach an agreement on the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, the federal government was shut down for 16 days. Cruz was seen as a major instigator of the event.

In a speech to a Christian group, Cruz was booed by multiple audience members after voicing support for the State of Israel. Cruz left but blasted those persons by saying "anti-semitism had reared its ugly head tonight."

Cruz successfully introduced and passed Senate Bill 2195, which allows the U.S. President to deny visas to United Nations ambassadors who've been involved in terrorist or espionage activity against America.

Cruz rocked the web after declaring his opposition to net neutrality, calling it the "Obamacare for the Internet."

After months of speculation and discussion, Cruz formally announces his presidential bid on Twitter, the first major party presidential candidate thus far.

AUSTIN -- As long expected, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed his longtime friend Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president.
In a video released Wednesday morning, Abbott gives home-state support to Cruz, who worked as solicitor general under him while Abbott was attorney general, at a time when Cruz is struggling in his presidential campaign and is looking to Texas to deliver a big win in the March 1 primary.
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Lt. Gov. DanPatrick earlier endorsed Cruz, and has been campaigning with him in several early-voting states. Former Gov.Rick Perry earlier endorsed Cruz, as have several members of the Legislature and other elected officials..
"Conservative values are at his core," Abbott said about Cruz,who has called Abbott his mentor when Cruz worked for Abbott in early in his career.
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In his endorsement, Abbott called Cruz "a constitutionalist whose judgment I trust to appoint the right judges to the United States Supreme Court," referring to the current controversy over nominees after the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
Mike Ward is a former Houston Chronicle reporter.

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