Julian Castro is a proud Democrat who served as the mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas from 2009 until he joined President Barack Obama's cabinet in 2015 as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Julian was mentioned as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, and most recently Julian has stated that he is “likely” to run for president against incumbent Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Julian was born in San Antonio, Texas to Maria “Rosie” Castro, a political activist, and Jessie Guzman, a mathematics teacher and political activist, and is the identical twin brother of current United States Representative Joaquín Castro. Julian’s roots in Texas trace back to 1920, when his grandmother, Victoria Castro, joined extended family members there as a six-year-old orphan from northern Mexico.
Julian graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in political science and communications and attended Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 2000. After law school, Julian and his brother Joaquín worked for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld before starting their own firm in 2005.
Julian has long been committed to public service, beginning his career as San Antonio’s youngest councilman in 2001 before being elected, and re-elected as San Antonio’s mayor in 2009, 2011 and 2013. During his tenure as mayor of San Antonio, Julian focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st-century industries and expanding education opportunities across the city. Julian broke through to the national political arena with his keynote address — the first by a Latino — at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and has not looked back since.
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