Castro Confirmed as HUD Secretary

Julian Castro, three-term mayor of San Antonio, was confirmed as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development by the U.S. Senate in a roll-call vote on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Castro replaces Shaun Donovan, who will head the Office of Management and Budget. Castro on Monday met with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to discuss Nevada’s housing market. Castro has bipartisan support; his nomination hearing featured an introduction by Senator John Cornyn (R.-Nev.), who said that Castro is an “example that the American dream is still very much alive.” Castro also cleared a committee vote 16-6, with 12 Democrats and four Republicans supporting him.

In a statement, NAR President Steve Brown lauded the selection.

“The National Association of REALTORS® commends the U.S. Senate today for approving the nomination of Mayor Julian Castro to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Mayor Castro’s vision for strong communities and affordable housing is the right fit for HUD, which has helped make the dream of homeownership a reality for millions of Americans. We are encouraged by his record of achievements to revitalize the city center in San Antonio and his commitment to public engagement and collaboration.”



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