Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi has been all over the media recently and it isn't for her background in finance or for her many accomplishments. Her current presence in the papers is due to Donald Trump's recent threats to harm her and her husband's name — or "spill the beans," as Trump likes to put it. While you see Ted Cruz and Trump exchange words about each other's wives, you might be wondering who exactly are these women behind the men. Like, who is Ted Cruz's wife? Heidi Cruz is a powerful and accomplished woman who needs the attention she deserves.
For starters, an article by one writer for the Los Angeles Times says that there has been no other candidate's spouse in the 2016 presidential election (besides Bill Clinton) to be as "productive or effective" as Heidi. What a claim.
Like other notable first wives, Heidi has an accomplished background in politics and finance on her own doing. Heidi received a Master's degree from Harvard Business School and was a high powered investment manager for Goldman Sachs before stepping down to join her husband on his campaign trail. Talk about impressive.
In fact, before working for Goldman Sachs, Heidi worked in the White House of all places, long before her husband set his sights on becoming president.
In 2000 Heidi took an unpaid job with George W. Bush's campaign, while the then-Republican party nominee campaigned to be the President of the United States. Heidi worked on the campaign's policy team, where she first met Ted Cruz, who would later become her husband.
In 2003, Heidi joined the Treasury Department and the National Security Council in Washington, D.C. working directly under then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice while her husband worked in Texas as the Texas solicitor general. Talk about a woman of power. According to Buzzfeed, the two remained in a long-distance marriage, flying back and forth to see one another until Heidi gave up her job in Washington, D.C. to move back to Texas.
With experience in both the private sector and in Washington D.C. Heidi could be a powerful force if her husband were to be elected into the White House, but accomplished all in her own ways. In fact, The Washington Post says that she is "the high-powered political spouse we've rarely seen since Hillary Clinton" — a pretty strong and impressive claim, considering how much Hillary has accomplished since being in and out of the White House.
Whatever "beans" Trump may have on Heidi, it will likely not be enough to dull the shine of her accomplishments as a woman working in politics and finance. All insults aside, it is nice to know that her husband has her back, telling Trump to "leave Heidi the hell alone." Well said, Ted Cruz. Well said.