The Senate voted earlier this month to confirm San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
As a housing organization, NAHREP strongly endorsed President Obama's choice of Julian Castro for the position in May. His prompt confirmation since then speaks to Castro's qualifications for the position. Under his leadership San Antonio has become an economic powerhouse, ranking first in the Milken Institute's 2011 Best Performing Cities Index, and he has received much praise for his housing and development work in his city. 2014 NAHREP President Jason Madiedo commented, "[Castro] is exceedingly qualified to follow the outstanding work of Secretary Shaun Donovan and lead HUD at a time when the housing market is still in recovery."
Castro was confirmed with ease on July 9 with votes at 71-26, with 18 Republicans voting in favor of his appointment. NAHREP looks forward to supporting him in his new position in housing, and is excited at the appointment of a qualified Latino to lead the agency.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is sworn in during a previous confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on June 17.