Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Ted Cruz beat Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in yesterday’s runoff election to become the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. In the November general election, Cruz will face Paul Sadler, who won the Democratic runoff against Grady Yarbrough.
The U.S. Senate seat is becoming vacant due to the retirement of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.
According to unofficial election results from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, in the Republican Party primary runoff, Cruz won 56.8 percent of the vote compared to Dewhurst’s 43.2 percent. In the Democratic Party primary runoff, Sadler, a Henderson solo, won 63.1 percent of the vote compared to Yarbrough’s 36.9 percent.
According to Morgan, Lewis’ website, Cruz is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice and leads the U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Practice. He works in the firm’s Houston and Washington, D.C., offices. According to his campaign website, from 2003 to 2008, he was solicitor general of Texas, representing Texas before state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Previously, he worked within the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Cruz earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Sadler says he’s “delighted” he won the Democratic runoff. He says Cruz has an “extreme view” of the U.S. Constitution, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, women’s health care and education funding.
“The stakes are incredibly high for this state. It’s who we are and who we are going to be. He offers a state of division, dividing us, and I offer a state where we are proud of our diversity,” says Sadler.
Sadler is board certified in civil appellate and personal-injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. From 2008 to 2012, he served as executive director of the Wind Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes wind energy. Sadler served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, and he was chairman of the House Public Education Committee from 1995 to 2003. Among other things, Sadler co-authored the Ratliff-Sadler Act, a re-write of the Texas Education Code. He earned his law degree from Baylor Law School in 1979.
Cruz campaign spokesman John Drogin did not return a telephone call and email seeking comment before presstime.
-- Angela Morris