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Personal Details

Ted Cruz (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Texas. He assumed office on January 3, 2013. His current term ends on January 3, 2025.

Cruz (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Texas. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Cruz previously served as Solicitor General for Texas from 2003-2008, during which he argued nine cases before the Supreme Court.

He won re-election in 2018, defeating Beto O'Rourke in the general election. The race saw the most spending in U.S. history specifically by the candidates themselves.

Cruz ran for the Republican Party nomination for president in 2016. He suspended his presidential campaign on May 3, 2016, after losing the Indiana Republican primary to Donald Trump.

Cruz was one of four Latino U.S. senators serving in the 115th Congress.

Cruz identifies with the tea party movement. He defeated David Dewhurst in the Republican Party primary for United States Senate in 2012. Dewhurst had finished in first place in the initial primary, with Cruz in second. After both advanced to the runoff, Cruz won with 56 percent of the vote.

Cruz announced on March 9, 2020, that he would self-quarantine following his potential exposure to the coronavirus. Cruz announced he would extend his quarantine period on March 13. Cruz's period of self-quarantine came to an end on March 17. for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

Cruz was included on President Donald Trump’s (R) list of 20 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees released on September 9, 2020. President Trump (R) nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the seat on September 26, 2020. For more information on the 2020 Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18, 2020, .

Cruz was born in Calgary in Alberta, Canada, where his parents were working in the Alberta oil fields. In 1974 they returned to the Houston area.

Cruz graduated from Second Baptist High School as valedictorian in 1988. He earned his B.A. in Public Policy from Princeton University in 1992. He went on to receive his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1995. Cruz then worked in the following positions in the law field: law clerk to Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist, associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission. He is currently a partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership.

Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008. In this role he was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, as well as the longest-serving and first Hispanic Solicitor General in the state. Among his accomplishments, Cruz argued 40 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In August 2012, he was included in a list of 20 Latino political rising stars compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Cruz won election to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Cruz's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2013-Present: U.S. Senator from Texas
  • 2003-2008: Solicitor General of Texas
  • 1995-2003: Worked in the following positions: law clerk to Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist, associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission.
  • 1995: Graduated from Harvard University with J.D.
  • 1992: Graduated from Princeton University with B.A.

Caucuses/Former Committees

Former Member, Airland Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Armed Services Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Chair, Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, United States Senate

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Seapower, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Security, United States Senate

Former Chair, Subcommittee on The Constitution, United States Senate

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1995
  • AB, Public Policy, Princeton University, 1988-1992

Professional Experience

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1995
  • AB, Public Policy, Princeton University, 1988-1992
  • Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership, 2008-2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, United States Court Litigation, University of Texas School of Law, 2004-2009
  • Solicitor General of Texas, Office of the Attorney General, 2003-2008
  • Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, 2001-2003
  • Coordinator, Department of Justice, Bush-Cheney Transition Team, 2000-2001
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 2001
  • Florida Recount Team, Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign, 2000
  • Domestic Policy Advisor, Bush Presidential Campaign, 1999-2000
  • Associate, Cooper/Carvin & Rosenthal, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, 1996-1997
  • Law Clerk, Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1995-1996

Political Experience

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1995
  • AB, Public Policy, Princeton University, 1988-1992
  • Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership, 2008-2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, United States Court Litigation, University of Texas School of Law, 2004-2009
  • Solicitor General of Texas, Office of the Attorney General, 2003-2008
  • Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, 2001-2003
  • Coordinator, Department of Justice, Bush-Cheney Transition Team, 2000-2001
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 2001
  • Florida Recount Team, Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign, 2000
  • Domestic Policy Advisor, Bush Presidential Campaign, 1999-2000
  • Associate, Cooper/Carvin & Rosenthal, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, 1996-1997
  • Law Clerk, Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1995-1996
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2013-present
  • Candidate, United States Senate, 2018
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2016

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Airland Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Armed Services Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Chair, Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, United States Senate

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Seapower, United States Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Member, Committee on Foreign Relations

Member, Committee on Rules and Administration

Member, Committee on the Judiciary

Member, Joint Economic Committee

Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation

Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration

Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband

Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism

Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism

Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change and Manufacturing

Member, Subcommittee on Space and Science

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on The Constitution

Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1995
  • AB, Public Policy, Princeton University, 1988-1992
  • Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership, 2008-2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, United States Court Litigation, University of Texas School of Law, 2004-2009
  • Solicitor General of Texas, Office of the Attorney General, 2003-2008
  • Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, 2001-2003
  • Coordinator, Department of Justice, Bush-Cheney Transition Team, 2000-2001
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 2001
  • Florida Recount Team, Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign, 2000
  • Domestic Policy Advisor, Bush Presidential Campaign, 1999-2000
  • Associate, Cooper/Carvin & Rosenthal, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, 1996-1997
  • Law Clerk, Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1995-1996
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2013-present
  • Candidate, United States Senate, 2018
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2016
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • Founding Editor, Harvard Latino Law Review
  • Primary Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Board Member, Hispanic Alliance for Progress
  • Director/Former Vice President, Texas Lyceum
  • Member, Texas Philosophical Society
  • Board Member, Texas Review of Law & Politics

Other Info

  • Rafael

  • Former small business owner in the oil and gas industry; currently a pastor.

  • Eleanor

  • Former computer programmer

— Publications:

  • A Time for Truth

Policy Positions

2021

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- Unknown Position

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- No

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Education

Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Unknown Position

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Unknown Position

Elections

2018

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Texas

Incumbent Ted Cruz defeated Beto O'Rourke and Neal Dikeman in the general election for U.S. Senate Texas on November 6, 2018.

Ted Cruz (R)
50.9%
4,260,553 Votes

Beto O'Rourke (D)
48.3%
4,045,632 Votes

Neal Dikeman (L)
0.8%
65,470 Votes

Total votes: 8,371,655

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Texas

Beto O'Rourke defeated Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Texas on March 6, 2018.

Beto O'Rourke
61.8%
640,769 Votes

Sema Hernandez
23.7%
245,847 Votes

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Edward Kimbrough
14.5%
149,851 Votes

Total votes: 1,036,467

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Texas

Incumbent Ted Cruz defeated Mary Miller, Bruce Jacobson Jr., Stefano de Stefano, and Geraldine Sam in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate Texas on March 6, 2018.

Ted Cruz
85.3%
1,315,146 Votes

Mary Miller
6.1%
94,274 Votes

Bruce Jacobson Jr.
4.2%
64,452 Votes

Stefano de Stefano
2.9%
44,251 Votes

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Geraldine Sam
1.5%
22,767 Votes

Total votes: 1,540,890

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • Bob McNeil (Independent)


2016

Cruz was a Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016. He announced the launch of his campaign in a tweet on March 23, 2015. He suspended his presidential campaign on May 3, 2016, after losing the Indiana Republican primary to Donald Trump.

2012

U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.5% 4,440,137
Democratic Paul Sadler 40.6% 3,194,927
Libertarian John Jay Myers 2.1% 162,354
Green David B. Collins 0.9% 67,404
Total Votes 7,864,822
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. Senate Runoff Election, Texas Republican Primary, 2012

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.8% 631,812
David Dewhurst 43.2% 480,126
Total Votes 1,111,938
Speeches
Articles

Real Clear Politics - 'Corrupt Politicians Act' Rigs Elections for the Radical Left

Mar. 24, 2021

By Ted Cruz: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of today's Senate Rules Committee hearing on Democrats' radical "For the People' Act, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today penned an op-ed for Real Clear Politics outlining the dangerous provisions of the bill, which if signed into law will overhaul state election laws, destroy election integrity, and cement Democrat control for decades. In the op-ed, Sen. Cruz wrote: "Democrats call this bill the For the People Act, or HR 1, but a more appropriate name would be the Corrupt Politicians Act because it's designed by the politicians, of the politicians, and for the politicians." [...] "It undermines Americans' voting rights by expanding illegal immigrants' and felons' access to the ballot box. The bill mandates registering nearly everyone in the country to vote, regardless of their eligibility, prevents states from maintaining the integrity of their voting rolls or removing dead people, and requires that felons be allowed to vote. It will effectively repeal state and local election laws put in place by the people through their representatives and allow for potentially millions of felons, non-citizens, or illegal immigrants to decide who runs our federal government." [...] "This bill is not designed to protect the right to vote. Instead, it's a dangerous and brazenly partisan power grab designed by the Democrats to corruptly turn their current razor-thin majority into a much larger and permanent majority so they can enact the Green New Deal and other items on their deeply unpopular progressive wish list. And allowing millions of illegal voters to cast votes robs you of your constitutional right to vote." Read the full op-ed here and below. "Corrupt Politicians Act' Rigs Elections for the Radical LeftReal Clear PoliticsSen. Ted CruzMarch 24, 2021 Fresh off of ramming through a $1.9 trillion monstrosity of a stimulus bill stuffed with pork spending and liberal pet projects, Democrats are gearing up to try to radically transform our election system and lock in majorities at every level of elected government for decades to come. Democrats call this bill the For the People Act, or HR 1, but a more appropriate name would be the Corrupt Politicians Act because it's designed by the politicians, of the politicians, and for the politicians. Here are just a few of the countless reasons why this bill may be the single most dangerous piece of legislation we've seen in decades: It throws out state election laws and puts Washington in charge. This bill eliminates countless state election integrity laws, including Texas' and other states' voter ID laws, and replaces them with a set of new laws negotiated by Democrat operatives and radical left-wing activists. The fact is, Democrats are furious that, last fall, Republicans won control of legislatures across the country, so now they're trying to use control of the federal government to eliminate states' common-sense election laws. It undermines Americans' voting rights by expanding illegal immigrants' and felons' access to the ballot box. The bill mandates registering nearly everyone in the country to vote, regardless of their eligibility, prevents states from maintaining the integrity of their voting rolls or removing dead people, and requires that felons be allowed to vote. It will effectively repeal state and local election laws put in place by the people through their representatives and allow for potentially millions of felons, non-citizens, or illegal immigrants to decide who runs our federal government. It codifies voter fraud and mandates ballot harvesting. The bill requires states to allow universal, no-excuse mail-in voting while stripping states of the ability to ensure the integrity of these ballots. For example, states can't require IDs to vote and the bill makes it nearly impossible to challenge signature matches without the agreement of a Democrat. Moreover, it allows Democratic operatives to collect and submit unlimited ballots - opening the door to widespread fraud - and requires counting these ballots even if they arrive 10 days after Election Day. It funnels millions of federal dollars to Democrat campaigns and candidates. This law would be federal welfare for politicians; it provides a 6-to-1 public subsidy for grassroots, small-dollar donations. For every dollar raised by a politician, they get $6 from the federal government. So the $200 you donate to a qualifying candidate will actually become a $1,200 donation from the federal government. Democrats always talk a big game about getting small-dollar donations. Turns out that what they really want is a cut of federal spending for their campaigns. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 39% of Americans think the 2020 presidential election was rigged. That view is not held by just Republican voters. That belief was shared by 31% of Independents and 17% of Democrats. This is both tragic and dangerous for the future of our republic. And if the Corrupt Politicians Act is signed into law, things will only become worse. This bill would destroy the American people's confidence in our democratic system for the foreseeable future because it is designed to rig future elections for the radical left. I have no doubt that protecting the integrity of our elections and the voting rights of the American people will continue to be a major focus for elected officials here in Washington and across the country. And while there are common-sense proposals Congress can consider, it's the states that the Constitution entrusts with ensuring that our elections are safe and secure and protecting the voting rights of all law-abiding Americans. This bill is not designed to protect the right to vote. Instead, it's a dangerous and brazenly partisan power grab designed by the Democrats to corruptly turn their current razor-thin majority into a much larger and permanent majority so they can enact the Green New Deal and other items on their deeply unpopular progressive wish list. And allowing millions of illegal voters to cast votes robs you of your constitutional right to vote. Democrats did not write the Corrupt Politicians Act to strengthen our elections system or to restore trust in our democracy. They wrote it to expand voter fraud and try to ensure that they'll never lose again. We have to fight every step of the way to stop the Corrupt Politicians Act. We have to stand for free and fair elections and the rule of law, and not hand the future of our republic and our elections to the radical left.

Fox News - Sen. Ted Cruz: Don't boycott China Olympics -- US tried this before and here's who was hurt the most

Mar. 15, 2021

By Ted Cruz: WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today penned an op-ed for FoxNews.com on why it's critical that the United States stand by our athletes and go to the 2022 Beijing Olympics amid calls to boycott. In the op-ed, Sen. Cruz wrote: "The worst thing we can do to stand up to China is to keep our athletes home. As anyone who has ever faced down a bully knows, when you decide to hide and not to fight, the bully wins. "Our athletes should go to Beijing next year proudly, bring home medal after medal, and show the world what it means to compete on behalf of a free society. We shouldn't give China an easy way to run up its medal count by preventing Americans from going to the Olympics. "American leaders also need to send our athletes a clear and unmistakable message: We stand with you." Read the full text of his op-ed here and below. Sen. Ted Cruz: Don't boycott China Olympics - US tried this before and here's who was hurt the mostFoxNews.comSen. Ted CruzMarch 15, 2021 There are young Americans who have spent most of their lives in training. Unlike others, they aren't assured a chance to compete, let alone a chance to win, in what they're training for. Many of them have to pay for their preparation themselves, and if they're lucky, they get a single shot to compete. They are training, of course, for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. And it's unconscionable that we would take away their right to compete next year in Beijing at the 2022 Winter Olympics. To be clear, I and many others hope that the International Olympic Committee comes to its senses and moves the 2022 Olympic Winter Games out of Beijing. As someone who was sanctioned twice by the government of China, I am flabbergasted that the IOC would ever give this human rights-abusing, free speech-repressing, trade-and-currency manipulating set of totalitarians who make up the Chinese Communist Party the honor of hosting the Olympic Games in the first place. Here's hoping that reason prevails and the Games are sent to any place but China. That said, we have tried this boycott business before, and it utterly failed. President Jimmy Carter threatened an Olympic boycott against the Soviet Union in 1980. Once he considered it, he fell deeper into it, even when it was clear that the boycott would fail. We all know how the movie ends - the Carter administration instituted a boycott, the Soviet Union didn't blink, and almost 500 American athletes had their Olympic dreams crushed. The Carter boycott was terrible policy, and it hurt the athletes and no one else. Leave it to Joe Biden to mimic Jimmy Carter within two months of his presidency, by suggesting another boycott may be on the table. The worst thing we can do to stand up to China is to keep our athletes home. As anyone who has ever faced down a bully knows, when you decide to hide and not to fight, the bully wins. Our athletes should go to Beijing next year proudly, bring home medal after medal, and show the world what it means to compete on behalf of a free society. We shouldn't give China an easy way to run up its medal count by preventing Americans from going to the Olympics. American leaders also need to send our athletes a clear and unmistakable message: We stand with you. Further, floating the idea of a boycott shows that the Biden administration does not have a China strategy and, in their fumbling, they would use American athletes as pawns to look tough on China instead of actually getting tough on China. What we really need from this administration is for them to pursue policies that will hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its censorship, espionage, propaganda and human rights abuses. We need to crush the Chinese Communist Party, not the dreams of American athletes. American leaders also need to send our athletes a clear and unmistakable message: We stand with you. Some have callously suggested that the athletes will move on, or get over it, or that this sacrifice is small in context. I disagree wholeheartedly. Many athletes and their families have built their entire lives around the possibility of Olympic competition. A boycott is no small matter to them, and we cannot casually cast aside their views. It is our responsibility and duty to make sure that our athletes go to Beijing, compete confidently and safely, and return home triumphantly. Nothing would be worse than sending them with a half-hearted public commitment, which is what the Biden administration has done by not firmly closing the door on a boycott. Athletes need to know that we are proud of them and their efforts. The scars from 1980 did not heal quickly, and we cannot and should not inflict those same wounds on this generation of American Olympians. Our athletes must go to Beijing and win.

Daily Caller - Sen. Ted Cruz: Biden Picks Trial Lawyer, Not A Doctor, To Lead U.S. Pandemic Response

Feb. 26, 2021

By Sen. Ted Cruz For almost a year now, our nation has been gripped by three simultaneous crises brought on by COVID-19--a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and an education crisis. In response to the public health crisis, the United States instituted Operation Warp Speed. This effort resulted in two different COVID-19 vaccines receiving swift authorization by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the administration of over 60 million vaccine doses to the American public. Other vaccines with promise are in the pipeline and could be authorized by the FDA in short order. Despite these early successes in developing, authorizing, and administering vaccines, we need to ensure that enough vaccines are distributed and administered in a rapid and effective manner. The truth is that the United States has never undertaken the kind of ambitious vaccine program that will be necessary to distribute hundreds of millions of doses over such a short period of time. The responsibility to address this challenge will fall largely to President Biden's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). What our country needs in its next Secretary of HHS is someone with extensive healthcare experience who can continue the successful implementation of a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program. Successfully achieving this goal is critical to ensuring that we eradicate this virus, and to get Americans safely back to work and children safely back into the classroom. Despite the gravity of the healthcare crisis facing our country right now, President Biden has nominated a trial lawyer--someone who lacks the necessary experience and skills to serve as Secretary of HHS. That nominee, Xavier Becerra, is not a medical doctor and he possesses no medical training. Mr. Becerra also lacks relevant experience, such as leading a federal, state, or local healthcare agency or system, a state Medicaid program or Children's Health Insurance Program, medical practice, clinic, or hospital. He has no background in virology or infectious diseases. He possesses no pharmaceutical, medical device, or health-supply and equipment experience, and does not even have logistics or distribution business experience. As we face this unprecedented global pandemic, voting to confirm an HHS Secretary with absolutely no medical or scientific experience is simply irresponsible. Science matters. As best I can tell, Mr. Becerra's only healthcare experience is suing the Little Sisters of the Poor. While confronting the challenges of this pandemic, the next Secretary of HHS will also be responsible for defending patient privacy. For example, we recently learned that China has been attempting to set up COVID-19 testing labs in at least five states. These labs would enable China to "collect, store and exploit biometric information' gleaned from American COVID-19 tests, raising concerns that China is exploiting the pandemic in order to "win a race to control the world's biodata.' Mr. Becerra's record on protecting privacy is abysmal. In the course of his career, he has consistently chosen partisan power over individual privacy. As Attorney General of California, he has demanded that thousands of registered charities annually disclose to his office the names and addresses of their major donors, even though California law does not require these disclosures. This demand would be intolerably invasive even if Mr. Becerra's office kept this information closely guarded, but it has in fact done just the opposite. His office published information from nearly two thousand organizations, subjecting donors and non-profits to potential harassment and abuse. This disregard for privacy has led numerous charitable organizations from many backgrounds to file suit to challenge or support challenges to Mr. Becerra's policy. Later this year, the Supreme Court will decide whether Mr. Becerra's invasion of privacy violates the First Amendment. The next HHS Secretary will also be responsible for upholding necessary conscience protections for healthcare professionals, and Mr. Becerra has demonstrated overt hostility to anyone who dares practice medicine consistent with their faith. His record is that of an extreme ideological activist, and it demonstrates harsh intolerance for dissent. For example, he aggressively defended a California law that forced pro-life groups to advertise for abortion--a law that the Supreme Court decided violated the First Amendment. Mr. Becerra's failure to defend the First Amendment does not end there. His enforcement of stay-at-home orders and unconstitutional restrictions targeting indoor religious services--restrictions that the Supreme Court recently ruled violated Californians' First Amendment rights--rightly raises concerns that he may bring similar restrictions nationwide. In the midst of a global pandemic, we need a Secretary of Health and Human Services with direct professional healthcare, medical research, or logistics experience--not a partisan lawyer. Mr. Becerra is simply the wrong person to lead the department. In the Senate, I've urged my colleagues to reject Mr. Becerra's nomination, and I encourage President Biden to nominate someone not only qualified to lead our nation's pandemic response but also someone who does not have a demonstrated hostility towards patient privacy and the First Amendment.

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