Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz finds himself in an interesting position in the new Congress.
He has been a champion of NASA and commercial space since he first entered the Senate six years ago. The last midterms, however, saw the exit of a number of space enthusiasts from Congress. Democrat and Republican Reps. Lamar Smith, John Culberson, Dana Rohrabacher and Sen. Bill Nelson have retired or been retired to private life.
Cruz virtually stands alone as a supporter of NASA’s mission and of the commercial space sector’s growth.