RNLA Honors Senator Cruz with Ed Meese Award

Cruz upholds the rule of law despite political attacks


(Washington, D.C.) – The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is pleased to present the 2024 Ed Meese Award to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). The Hon. Edwin Meese III Award is bestowed upon an individual who has upheld the rule of law in the face of adverse political challenges and is presented at the National Policy Conference each spring in Washington, DC.

"This award honors an individual who has stood up to the slings and arrows of false accusations from liberals,” said RNLA Chair Marc Ellinger. “Sen. Cruz has demonstrated undaunted courage, and I can think of no individual more deserving of this honor.”

“Senator Cruz speaks for the vast majority of Americans who support law and order, individual liberty, a secure border, and honest elections,” added RNLA Co-Chair Patricia Paoletta. “In addition, his unwavering commitment to support jurists for our federal courts who interpret the Constitution’s provisions based on what its drafters originally intended, has been essential to building the conservative majority we now have on the Supreme Court.”

“Senator Cruz serves with distinction on two of the most important committees to lawyers in the Senate,” noted RNLA President Michael Thielen.  “On the Judiciary Committee, his questioning has exposed Biden administration nominees’ disdain for the rule of law and revealed liberals’ true agenda.  On the formerly sleepy Rules Committee, the Senator has fought for free speech and against the woke agenda.  Senator Cruz has never wavered despite the constant attacks from the liberal media.”  

As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Cruz is one of the nation’s most respected constitutional scholars. Cruz earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist and then worked in private practice. In 1999, Cruz joined George W. Bush’s campaign for president as a domestic policy advisor.  

Sen. Cruz will accept the award and give an address at the RNLA National Policy Conference on May 17 in Arlington, Va.


The RNLA is the national organization of Republican attorneys. The mission of the RNLA is to advance professionalism; open, fair, and honest elections; career opportunity; and Republican ideals. For more information, please visit http://www.rnla.org.


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