Get to know ... Ted Cruz
Why he's in the news: Cruz recently won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Cruz's win was an upset, as he defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Party: Republican, with tea party
His background: Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Texas solicitor general from 2003 to May 2008; adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law from 2004-2009.
Born: Dec. 22, 1970 (age 41)
Fast fact: Cruz was Texas' first Hispanic solicitor general.