Cruz grew up in Texas as the son of a Cuban immigrant. After graduating high school Cruz went on to Princeton University to earn his undergraduate degree. During his time in Princeton he won numerous accolades for his speaking and debating skills, including Speaker of the Year. He continued his education at Harvard Law School where he would earn his J.D. During his time at Harvard he served as a clerk for William Rehnquist, a supreme court judge.
Following college Cruz would continue to work in law and presented briefs and arguments before the Supreme Court. He defended a number of high-profile cases including District of Columbia v. Heller.
In 2003 he was appointed as Texas Solicitor General, a position he held until 2008. Cruz is running for Senate in 2012.