Born In: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Julián Castro is an American politician who served as the 16th United States secretary of housing and urban development (2014 to 2017) and the fifth Hispanic mayor of his native city of San Antonio, Texas (2009 to 2014). A law graduate, he initially began his private practice at a firm. The immigrant background of Castro’s family motivated him to enter politics and serve his community better. He is the youngest city councilman to have served as the mayor of the city. In that capacity, Castro introduced a program for the betterment of various communities. Representing the 'Democratic Party,' he stepped down as a mayor to serve the cabinet of President Barack Obama in 2014. On behalf of the department of 'Housing and Urban Development,' Castro majorly worked for housings rights of the minorities and citizenship of immigrants. He was a partner in Hillary Clinton's run for the 2016 presidential campaign, during which he was accused of violating the 'Hatch Act.' Castro was a ‘Democratic’ nominee for the 2020 presidential run, but he withdrew his candidature later, as his campaign failed to draw attention.
Spouse/Ex-: Erica Lira Castro
father: Maria, Maria "Rosie" Castro
mother: Jessie Guzman
siblings: Joaquin Castro
children: Carina Castro, Cristián Julián Castro
Born Country: United States
City: San Antonio, Texas
U.S. State: Texas
education: Stanford University, Thomas Jefferson High School, Harvard Law School
Motivated by his mother, Julian Castro decided to step into politics, beginning as a ‘San Antonio City Council’ member in 2001, at the age of 26. With that, he became the youngest council member of San Antonio.
Julian Castro was offered the post of the United States secretary of transportation, but he declined, as he wanted to run for the position of the governor of Texas after 2017. He served as a mayor until 2014, and then became the U.S. secretary of 'Housing and Urban Development' (HUD) in the administration of President Barack Obama. He assumed office on July 28, 2014, and continued to serve till 2017.
On December 12, Julian Castro announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee.
Julian Castro proposed several schemes in the education sector, such as a comprehensive and universal preschool program. He advocated greater accessibility to post-high-school education by excusing tuition fees at public universities, community colleges, and various technical and vocational programs. He also aimed at updating high schools and establishing more trade schools.
On July 18, 2016, the ‘Office of Special Counsel’ accused Julian Castro of violating the 'Hatch Act' that forbade central executive branch employees from manipulating the elections or engaging in any political activity while serving in their respective posts Reportedly, Castro discussed Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in an interview.
Julian Castro is married to Erica Lira, a school teacher, since 2007. They have two children: Carina and Cristián.
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