A guest holds a book by Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, during The Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, U.S., on July 18, 2015. The sponsor, The FAMiLY LEADER, is a 'pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-life organization which champions the principle that God is the ultimate leader of the family.' 
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How much do you know about Ted Cruz?


On March 23rd, Sen. Ted Cruz became the first Republican to jump into the 2016 presidential race. Now that 16 candidates are competing for the GOP nomination, we’ve decided to take another look at the Texas lawmaker so that you can test how much you know about him.

Ted Cruz was born to an American mother and a Cuban father.

Cruz also clerked for William Rehnquist, which makes him the first Hispanic to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States.

Cruz was the first Republican to announce his 2016 presidential campaign.

Cruz met his wife, Heidi Nelson Cruz, during this time: she was also a policy advisor for the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.

Cruz also quoted from “Duck Dynasty” and performed Darth Vader impressions.

“I may well be allergic. It makes me physically sick,” said Cruz of this food.

Cruz has missed 11.4% of roll call votes during his term in office. Among senators who are currently in office, there is a median of 1.6% of roll calls missed.

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How much do you know about Ted Cruz?