U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has quickly made a name for himself. Since taking office in 2012, the Texas Republican has solidified his brand as a conservative firebrand willing to take on establishment members of the GOP.
Cruz speaks during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, in August 2012.
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate oath to Cruz during a mock swearing-in ceremony in January 2013. Cruz was accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and his two daughters, Caroline and Catherine.
During a news conference in March 2013, Cruz announces a plan to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Cruz heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon in Washington in March 2013.
Cruz speaks during the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting and Exhibits in May 2013.
Cruz speaks during the "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally in Washington in September 2013.
Cruz emerges from the Senate chamber after spending more than 21 hours railing against Obamacare in September 2013.