Castro confirmed as HUD secretary
Washington, D.C.: President Barack Obama's cabinet is nearly finished re-shuffling following the resignations of Kathleen Sebelius and Eric Shinseki in April and May respectively, with the confirmation of Julian Castro to the post of U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed to replace Sebelius in June, heading up the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was nominated to replace Burwell as director of the Office of Management and Budget, leaving the door open for Castro to succeed him at HUD.
Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, is Obama's second Latino cabinet member, along with Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and his name has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, after having given the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 76-21, with the support of all voting Democrats and 18 Republicans.
|Julian Castro confirmation vote, July 9, 2014|
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