Edgar Walters, Texas Tribune

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Edgar Walters is a reporter with the Texas Tribune.

Politics
7:28 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

President Obama Nominates San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro for Cabinet Post

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.
Spencer Selvidge

Before a packed crowd in the White House’s state dining room, President Obama on Friday nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to become the newest — and youngest — member of his cabinet, as the secretary of housing and urban development.

“I am nominating another all-star who’s done a fantastic job in San Antonio over the last five years,” the president said between jokes about the “good-looking” mayor who had proved to be a “pretty good speaker.”

Pending Senate confirmation, Castro will replace Shaun Donovan, whom the president has tapped as the new director for the Office of Management and Budget.

KUT's Ben Philpott explains the politics behind Castro's move to Washington.

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