Name: Ted Cruz
Party Affiliation: Republican
Government Position: Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness; Junior US Senator from Texas
Education: Princeton University (Bachelor’s of Arts), Harvard (J.D.)
Science research: Since he is the chairman of the Subcommitte on Space, Science and Competitiveness, Senator Cruz’s statements have mostly focused on NASA. During a Senate Commerce hearing, Cruz stated that earth science is not a hard science and that NASA should focus more on astrophysics, and planetary science.
Climate change and alternative energy: Cruz does not believe that climate change is a real issue or that humans have any impact. In December 2015, Cruz spear headed a congressional hearing titled “ Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate.” Further, Cruz has said that “satellite data shows that “there has been no significant global warming for the past 18 years.”
STEM Education: In March 2015, Senator Cruz proposed increasing nonimmigrant work visa fees with the extra money going to grants to promote STEM education.
Obamacare: Cruz is adamantly against Obamacare and will repeal it.
Vaccines: Cruz believes children should be vaccinated, stating “but on the question of whether kids should be vaccinated, the answer is obvious and there’s widespread agreement — of course they should.” However, Cruz believes that each state should decide vaccine requirements. Further, he has called vaccine controversies “largely silliness stirred up by the media.”
Internet: Senator Cruz wants to block net neutrality because he believes that policy would tie the hands of service providers and blocking innovation. Furthermore, he is against any tax for accessing the Internet at any level (federal, state or local).
Summary: Cruz has been vocal about his desire for NASA to return to space. Further he has also expressed his belief that climate change is not real and that humans have no effect. Cruz is for vaccines and against net neutrality.