Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Heidi Cruz have been married since 2001, and have two daughters.Alex Wong/Getty Images
The close US Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke has garnered national attention, but Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz (née Nelson) is no stranger to the sacrifices and demands that come with being a politician’s spouse in the public eye.
Heidi sat down for her first interview since 2016 with The Atlantic’s Elaina Plott, opening up about her journey forging an identity and a high-powered career at Goldman Sachs separate from that of her husband.
As her husband’s political career took off, Heidi became well-liked and respected among Republicans and even some Democrats for her work ethnic, discipline, and naturally warm and charming personality — helping Ted win over both voters and donors during his Senate and presidential campaigns.
Here’s a look inside the marriage of political power couple Ted and Heidi Cruz:
Right after their marriage, they both worked in the Bush administration, with Heidi in the US Treasury Department and Ted at the Federal Trade Commission.
Heidi Cruz adjusts the collar of her husband Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) shirt as he takes the stage during a campaign town hall meeting at the Crossing Life Church February 2, 2016 in Windham, New Hampshire.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Sources: The New York Times, The Atlantic
Heidi steadily found happiness in Houston, taking on a job as a managing director in charge of private wealth management at Goldman Sachs. She and Ted also had two daughters: Caroline, currently 10, and Catherine, 7.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stands on stage with his wife Heidi and their daughters Catherine and Caroline, as he announces his candidacy for president during an event at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia, March 23, 2015.Chris Keane/Reuters
Sources: The Atlantic, LinkedIn
Heidi described Ted as a “practical” and “strategic” “visionary,” and said she wants to make sure everybody is “comfortable” and “talking to each other.
Heidi and Catherine Cruz.Andrew Harnik/AP
Source: The New York Times