Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has the backing of the tea party and has received plenty of attention — positive and negative — despite being in the Senate for only 10 months.
May 3, 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaks during the 2013 National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Houston. Since taking office as the junior senator from Texas, Cruz has been engaging Washington, looking for a fight and getting it. And his popularity, especially among conservatives, has rocketed as a result. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Buy Photo