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  • U.S. Senator

Ted CruzLast Updated: August 18, 2022


Austin, Texas

Insurrection Related Information

  • Spread Disinformation Online
  • Voted Against Certification

Current Office Held

  • U.S. Senator, Texas

Executive Summary

This Senator spread disinformation through social media and voted against certifying election results on January 6, 2021.

The cumulative actions of both Senators Hawley and Cruz may amount to violations of several federal criminal statues and Senate rules. Federal law 18 U.S.C. § 2101 prohibits individuals from:

  1. inciting a riot,
  2. encouraging others to participate in or carry on a riot, or
  3. aiding or abetting others. 18 U.S.C. § 2383 prohibits insurrection, and 18 U.S.C. § 2384 prohibit two or more persons from conspiring to use “force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.”

American Oversight

  • Ted Cruz pushed Stop the Steal election lies ahead of Jan. 6 and voted not to certify the election results in the Senate.
  • Cruz also pushed conspiracy theories about the election, including two days after Election Day, when he charged that Philadelphia officials were not allowing election observers to watch the counting of votes in the swing state, even though Trump’s lawyers conceded that they had been allowed in the room.

Media Matters Action Network

Current Office Held

U.S. Senator, Texas


January 3, 2019 - January 3, 2025

Affiliated Organizations

    • Government

    United States Senate

    17 individual(s)

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    Stop the Steal

    10 individual(s)

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