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Candidates' Biographical Information
for: U.S. Senate, Texas
November 6, 2012 Texas General Election
Candidates' Positions and Views on Other Issues where Information is Available:
The report below lists the candidate responses to issue questions and biographical information. The responses were provided by Ted Cruz, Paul Sadler, John "Jay" Myers and David B. Collins or were obtained from their websites. The candidates select the issues and questions for which they want to provide a response. The first link is a report of all the issues and questions made available to the candidates. Many issues and questions had no responses - links are only provided where we have information. If there are many candidates for this office, you may have to scroll down to compare all responses.
Biographical Ted Cruz* - R


Paul Sadler - D


John "Jay" Myers - L


Age: 44 60  
General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

When my Dad came to Austin in 1957, as a teenage immigrant from Cuba bound for the University of Texas, he spoke no English and had $100 sewn into his underwear. He worked his way through school as a dishwasher making 50 cents an hour, just as my Mom - the first person in her family ever to go to college - earned her math degree at Rice in the 1950s, working summers at Foley's and Shell. From them, I learned that America has always been the land of opportunity, a beacon of freedom and hope for the world. They taught me the value of education and hard work and the importance of an environment that allows every American the opportunity to achieve the American dream.

This nation is a miracle of opportunity. Founded by men and women fleeing religious persecution, America has prospered for two centuries under a Constitution that constrains government and a culture that rewards entrepreneurship and free enterprise. To solve our many challenges, we need to harness the frontier mentality that defines Texans, and work tirelessly to ensure that our children enjoy the same freedom and opportunity -- built on individual responsibility -- that has formed the foundation of our country.

I want us to be problem solvers committed to the principles of this great country. Those principles are larger than a label - they live inside each of us. They are what made this country great. Join me as we return to that heritage, help me restore dignity and respect to our public institutions. One election at a time we can restore our faith in each other - it begins here and now, with the election of your next United States Senator

I do not believe that the Democrats are single handedly destroying this country. I know that they, like the Republicans, are using both hands.

Most of the problems that we face as Americans are caused by unjust manipulation of government. The warfare state, terrorism, outrageous health care and energy costs, ineffective education, and even corruption in government are all prime examples of how our government's attempts to do good for some, backfire on us all.

Then our government uses the problems it creates to justify taking even more control out of our hands, which leads to even more people who only see government as the answer. Wrong answer.

The Constitution exists to guarantee that no one can exploit the government to further their own profit at the expense of the people.

Well at least that is why it is supposed to exist. It seems to exist now so that the left and right can both destroy the parts they don't like and pretend to stand for the parts they do.

I only believe in one "conspiracy". I believe that people with money and power use it to influence politicians, who follow along either through misplaced philanthropy or outright greed, at the expense of everyone else. I realize this is not going to sound shocking to 95% of America, which is probably the saddest part about our current situation.

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." ~Ayn Rand

Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence)

Throughout his entire life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.

Ted’s calling to public service has been inspired by his first-hand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted’s mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family. She became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.

After being and tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Ted’s father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas.

Ted, his wife Heidi, their two daughters Caroline and Catherine, and his entire family have been blessed to live the American Dream — the idea that anyone, through hard work and determination, can achieve anything. And he is committed to ensuring every family has that same opportunity.

Paul was born in Freer, Texas. Throughout his childhood and adult life he has lived in every region of the state. He and his wife, Sherri, settled in Henderson, Texas, where they raised five children: Erin, Brandon, Lee, Joel and Sam.

. John Jay and his wife Chenin have two daughters, Ella and Dagny.

Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees)

Cruz went on to study at Princeton where, in college debate, he was named the U.S. National Speaker of the Year and the U.S. National Team of the Year (with his partner). He also won the First Place Speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debate Championships.

He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude and served as a Primary Editor of the Harvard Law Review, an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a Founding Editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.

Paul is a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979

Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics)

Ted currently serves as a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Houston, where he leads the firm's U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. In addition, from 2004-09, he taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to serving as Solicitor General, Ted served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Domestic Policy Advisor on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, Ted clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first Hispanic ever to have clerked for the Chief Justice of the United States.

Paul is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and Louisiana, board certified in Texas Civil Appellate Law and Personal Injury Trial Law, a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979 and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas and admitted and qualified in numerous federal courts including the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

John Jay Myers owns and operates ClearSky24, a screen printing and promotions business, and he recently opened The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge in the Deep Ellum music district of Dallas.

Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge)      
Civic: (organizations, charities)  

* 1995-2003 Chairman of the Public Education Committee

* 1997 Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance

* 2001 Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance

* Legislative Budget Board Member

. Mr. Myers has been active in the Libertarian Party, having served on the Dallas County and Texas executive committees. He currently serves on the Libertarian National Committee. And whether speaking to high school and college liberty groups, or marching against the Fed and marijuana prohibition, John Jay spends his free time bringing a contagious enthusiasm for a peaceful and honest government wherever he goes.

Political: (offices held)

From 2003-08, Ted served as the Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the State before the U.S. Supreme Court and all the state and federal appellate courts. Cruz was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas, and the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas.

Ted has authored over 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued 40 oral arguments, including 9 before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is currently a United States Senator from Texas.

Served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 - 2003. During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he served on numerous committees including Education, Judiciary, Pensions and Investments, Health and Human Services, Calendars and was one of eight members designated to the Legislative Budget Board. His most significant committee work, however, was in the area of Education. Sadler served on the House Public Education Committee from 1993 - 2003 (serving as Chairman of the committee from 1995 - 2003). Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance in 1997; and Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance in 2001. Paul was the only house member to serve as Chairman of more than one committee in the same session. He had dual chairmanships in two sessions in 1999 & 2001.

Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs)


Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)

During Ted's service as Solicitor General, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories, including successfully defending:

* U.S. sovereignty against the World Court in Medellin v. Texas.

* The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;

* The constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument;

* The constitutionality of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance;

* The constitutionality of Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law; and

* The Texas congressional redistricting plan.

The National Law Journal called him "a key voice" to whom "the [U.S. Supreme Court] Justices listen." He was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, and Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.

*Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Special Recognition "for outstanding efforts to further the wind industry of the State of Texas" (2011)

*Businessweek's Premier Lawyers of America (2008)

*"Ten Best List" by Texas Monthly (2001, 1999, 1997, 1995)

*Texas School Public Relations Association Key Communicator (2001)

*East Texas Chapter of Texas Association of School Honorary Membership (2000)

*Sabine Independent School District Appreciation for Leadership (1999)

*Region IV Education Service Center Leadership & Commitment (1997)

*Texas Association of Rural Schools Excellence in Leadership Award (1998)

*Texas Association of Community Schools Honorary Life Member (1998)

*One of six "Stellar Legislators" by the Dallas Morning News (1997)

*Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award (1996)

*Texas Association of School Psychologists Appreciation Award (1995)

Biographical David B. Collins - G


Age: 52
General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Yes, friends, I am actually running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring from that august body at the end of this year. I am not the official Texas Green Party nominee yet, pending the vote at the state convention on 9 June 2012.

Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence)

Born in Stillwater OK, USA, 13 November 1962. Divorced, with one son, Paxton Aubrey Collins, who currently studies theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees)

Graduate of Rice University (BA, Classics), 1984.

Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics)

Worked as a high school teacher, airline customer service agent, taxi driver, résumé writer, computer applications trainer, Visual Basic programming trainer, and service desk analyst, among other jobs.

Published web-only novel "Eastern Daylight" (1997, currently unavailable); print novel "A Small Town for Its Size" (2000, available from

Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge)  
Civic: (organizations, charities)

Member of Harris County Green Party since its founding in 2000, but active as a Green since 1995.

Political: (offices held)  
Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs)

Member of First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, since 1997.

Currently represent First UU Church on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Peace & Justice Center.

Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)  
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