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07 / 09 / 2014
For Immediate Release 
Contact:  Thomas Caver
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Applauds Senate Confirmation of Julián Castro as HUD Secretary

Washington, D.C. – July 9, 2014 – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), an organization representing the interests of over 350 Hispanic state legislators throughout the country, commends the United States Senate for confirming San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Last month Mayor Castro with bipartisan support cleared a committee vote with the backing of twelve Democrats and four Republicans, signaling that his confirmation would lack the same amount of partisan contention as other Obama cabinet nominees. Today, the Senate with a vote of 71-26 officially confirmed the Hispanic mayor as the new head of the department. His twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro, lauded today’s vote as “a testament to the incredible work Julian has done as mayor of [their] hometown San Antonio” and declared that he is “confident Julian will work tirelessly in his new role making responsible homeownership more accessible, combating homelessness, and strengthening the rise of cities across our country.”

Castro first rose to nation-wide prominence when he addressed America in his key-note speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He has lead San Antonio to be ranked as the Best-Performing City according to the Milken Institute. His leadership and experience particularly in urban revitalization, economic development and the New Energy Economy clearly demonstrates his capabilities in directing HUD.

Senate President Eduardo Bhatia (PR), NHCSL President stated, “I am pleased to see that the Senate has displayed the same confidence in Mayor Castro that we have in his abilities to lead HUD. We are certain that he will use this opportunity to help remove the barriers that impede communities of color from unequivocal equity in housing in the United States.”

The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 350 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.