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Senate Confirms Julian Castro as HUD Secretary

Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday by a vote of 71-26.

Castro had been nominated for the position in May by President Obama. The 39-year-old burst onto the scene at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and his name has been floated around as a possible vice presidential pick in 2016.

Castro will join his twin brother Joaquin, who is a congressman representing Texas’ 20th District, in Washington.

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