Texas has a new US Senator -- Ted Cruz, a man who stood up to the establishment, defeated a powerful Lt. Governor in the primary, and and who cruised to victory in the general election.
At 11 minutes after noon, Ted Cruz made history.
The Houston lawyer and former Texas solicitor general was sworn in as the state’s newest U.S. senator by Vice President Joe Biden, becoming the first Texas senator of Latino descent in the state’s history.
Cruz, accompanied by Texas’ new senior senator, John Cornyn, walked to the front of the Senate chamber and joined Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, California’s Dianne Feinstein and Nebraska’s Deb Fischer among the third group of senators to take the oath of office.
Cruz, a conservative Republican, replaces fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison of Dallas. He becomes the first U.S. senator from Houston since then-Sen. Lloyd Bentsen became President Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary in 1993.
A couple of things to note.
First, I participated in Senator Cruz's blogger conference call yesterday. One theme was repeated again and again by Cruz -- we must increase economic growth, and any policy that leads to higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt will not do help our economy grow. As Cruz noted, the fiscal cliff bill was a "lousy deal" that will "push the United States backwards" economically because it is anti-growth and "did nothing to solve the crisis of spending in Washington." As Cruz said at one point, "I think what we need is to stand for economic growth and freedom and to take that argument to the American people." The key to doing so will be working to stop bad legislation and to instead focus on cutting spending and the debt, tax reform, and regulatory reform. To hear the entire conference call -- broken down into bite-sized bits, I encourage you to visit Big Jolly Politics.
Second, I'd like to applaud the Senate GOP for placing Senator Cruz, a former clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the former Solicitor General for the state of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ted Cruz is sharp, and that is the kind of person we need on the committee that oversees the Judicial nomination process.
Third, Cruz is already standing up to the media liberals. Just look at his performance on CNN.
Overall, I'd call this an auspicious start for Senator Ted Cruz. Might he be our first Hispanic President? Could be.