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Stefano de Stefano is a Houston family man running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 to unseat Ted Cruz, one of the country’s most corrosive and misguided career politicians. With the future of the country at stake, we invite you to join us in our stand against political extremism and deliver reason and results back to the State of Texas.

Meet Stefano

Texas and our nation deserve more than political extremists who keep our process hostage and get nothing done. I’m running to bring some reason and a pragmatic approach to governing back to the U.S. Senate. I hope you take a moment to learn more about our campaign, consider making a donation, and help us spread the word by sharing our message to your networks in Texas and around our country.

stefano on the issues

In the business world, we know every good deal starts and ends with a firm handshake, and unfortunately, today’s politicians can’t get to that point. I’m committed to leading on the issues where we can find common ground to create positive solutions that matter to Texas and the nation. I’m willing to sit down with everyone necessary to solve some of our most pressing challenges, and I hope you will join me.

Stefano In The News

Former Supporter Challenges Ted Cruz for his Senate Seat

"De Stefano says legislation, like tax reform, won't be passed without a willingness to work across the aisle in Congress, something that he says run counter to Cruz's 'extremist' style."


New Energy in the Senate Republican Primary

"I've had an entire career of experience brokering deals in the energy sector," de Stefano told Texas Monthly. "With that experience I can be the ambassador for energy that Texas sorely needs."

Houston Energy Lawyer to Challenge Cruz in 2018

"Stefano de Stefano, who bills himself as a jilted voter and 'free-market Republican' represents a challenge from the center of the Republican firmament, a demographic that has felt increasingly left out of the state's GOP."

Op-Ed: The Power Of The Pen Is No Substitute For A Functioning Congress

"Each problem that Congress fails to address with an enduring bipartisan solution inches us closer to the brink, when some future president judges his constitutional powers insufficient to the needs of the nation, and declares himself the source of all legislation.

That prospect should send a shudder of horror through freedom-loving Americans of any stripe, as it did the group of conservatives I spoke with earlier this year.

If we act now to oust key extremists from both sides of the aisle, we may yet veer from that course. To do so, decent, middle-of-the-road Americans will need to make their voices heard over the hullaballoo contrived by lobbyists and interest groups. Now more than ever, practical-minded legislators with the courage to work toward a common goal need your support."

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks at a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Moore made their final push Monday to sway voters ahead of Alabama's Republican runoff for U.S. Senate, a race that's pitted President Donald Trump against his former strategist, Bannon. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Photo: Brynn Anderson, STF / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Bannon's war on incumbents forces Cruz to straddle GOP fault lines

"Just as Ted Cruz is trying to ingratiate himself with the establishment, here along comes Bannon and says, 'This is my guy,' said Cal Jillson, an expert on Texas politics at Southern Methodist University. 'He had moved over to acceptability, but never close enough that he had to worry about his outsider image. Bannon has confused that a little bit.'

Cruz's only declared Republican primary challenger so far, Houston energy lawyer Stefano de Stefano, said Bannon's endorsement of Cruz should give pause to traditional Republicans like himself.

'This is reinforcing the message I've had since the beginning,' de Stefano said. 'Cruz is on the extreme fringe. He's the face of why things don't get done in Washington.'"

... Republican Stefano de Stefano wants to unseat Ted Cruz

"In 2012, Stefano de Stefano, a Houston energy lawyer and self-described old-school Republican, voted for Sen. Ted Cruz. Five years later, he's running to supplant Cruz in the Senate, calling his opponent a 'poster child' of congressional dysfunction.

An economic Reaganite and political unknown, de Stefano wants free trade, low taxes and to reform or eliminate business regulations. In challenging Cruz in the Republican primary, de Stefano said he's running against the 'extremism that shuts Washington down,' behind an agenda that focuses on immigration, energy and jobs - areas in which he believes there's room for compromise."

Houston Energy Attorney to Run for U.S. Senate in 2018, Takes on Cruz

"'I think there's a lot of jilted voters out there like me that don't think that extremism represents them. They are tired of partisan blood feuds, and want everyday common sense solutions that affect their real everyday lives,' Stefano said."

Meet Stefano de Stefano, the Republican energy lawyer hoping to oust Ted Cruz

"'I’m an energy attorney, and never had any real political ambition in my entire life, but over the past eight years we’ve sort of seen a degeneration of politics in this country into opposing camps," he said.

Cruz, he continued, 'is the face of that division. He’s built his career on that division ... it’s bad for the country and it’s bad for the Republican party.'"

Stefano Speaks with Mike Siegel About Policy Positions, Current Events

“The reason that emergency rooms have to take care of everyone who comes through their doors is because of a bill Reagan passed. Reagan was in favor of giving healthcare to everybody. So today, the [healthcare] discussion that was going on is, ‘We don’t really have a plan, so we’re just going to undo this law without having a plan to go forward.’”

Op-Ed: Dreamers are not criminals; it's time for Congress to stand up

"If Congress fails again, as seems likely, we will have no one to blame but ourselves. Until voters reject the fetish for hardliners of both parties who turn compromise into a dirty word, who would have us believe they are “authentic” or “anti-establishment” when they are, in fact, spineless cowards and functionally ineffective, the casualties of legislative deadlock will continue to pile up."

Why I Can Beat Ted Cruz - An Interview With Stefano de Stefano

"I think there’s a chance of democracy winning this race. People are sick and tired from the last election cycle of the divisive politics and the rancor and vitriol that’s been a hallmark of American politics for the last seven years. Extreme politics that’s going on is sickening people, and I think people are ready for a new class of leadership, a sort of radical departure from the partisan extremism that’s going on now. Since when is it a radical idea to be in the middle and be a guy that’s working for the best solutions for everybody? I’ve decided to bring that back to our national discourse and I think people are ready for that."

Op-Ed: Politicians Such as Cruz are Crying Crocodile Tears Over Charlottesville 

"My opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz, issued a laudable statement condemning the nationalist perpetrators of the Charlottesville tragedy, one highlighted on this page this week: “These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this.” He is right, but these words are crocodile tears. His entire career as a public servant has been defined by exploiting the you-versus-them worldview that came to a violent head in Charlottesville."

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Stefano is the clear choice in this race to return reasonable leadership to his fellow Texans, without regard to his next political career move. It’s time for everyday Texans to take back the duty of delivering for Texas. We invite you to join our campaign.

Stefano de Stefano is a Houston family man running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 to unseat Ted Cruz, one of the country’s most corrosive and misguided career politicians. With the future of the country at stake, we invite you to join us in our stand against political extremism and deliver reason and results back to the State of Texas.

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