Rafael Edward 'Ted' Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician who is the Republican Nominee for Texas Senator in the 2012 United States Senate Elections against Democrat Paul Sadler. He is a member of the Republican Party and endorsed by the Tea Party Movement. Cruz was Solicitor General of the U.S. state of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the United States, and had the longest tenure in the post thus far in Texas history. He is currently a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he leads the firms U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice. Cruz won the 2012 Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. He defeated Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff by 57% to 43% on July 31, 2012.