The Story of Julian Castro

His twin is a congressman, he was in President Obama's cabinet, and if elected, he'll be the first Latino president. This is Julian Castro's life.

Origin of 2020 Democratic Hopeful Julián Castro

He and his twin brother Joaquín were born on in 1974 in San Antonio, Texas. They are third-generation Mexican-American. His grandmother, Victoria Carlos, came to the U.S. in 1922, as a child. The twin brothers were raised by their grandmother and mother, Rosie Castro — a civil rights activist and longtime Chicana leader. The Castro brothers studied together all the way through Stanford University and Harvard Law School. At age 26, he was elected to the San Antonio City Council — the youngest city councilman in the city's history. He ran for mayor of San Antonio losing the first time in 2005, then winning in 2009. He served as mayor until 2014 and led a voter referendum to expand pre-kindergarten education.

In 2012, he was the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention — earning him the nickname the “Latino Obama.” In 2014, President Barack Obama nominated him as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He became the youngest member of Obama’s cabinet. As HUD secretary, Castro put into practice the AFFH Rule to crack down on housing discrimination and vowed to curb veteran’s homelessness. In October 2015, he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. He also was mentioned as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Castro is married to Erica Lira Castro - an elementary school teacher, since 2007. The couple has two children. In 2018, he published his memoir: An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream. In January 2019, he officially announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for president. He promised to pursue “pre-K for the USA” and released proposals for overhauling both policing and immigration. If elected, Julián Castro would be the third youngest U.S. president.


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  • Gloria R.
    07/06/2019 12:57

    His story is one that proves America can be as special as we strive to make it.

  • Nevin S.
    07/06/2019 13:02

    femmo- just like all lefties

  • Kenneth B.
    07/06/2019 13:05

    No worries. President Trump is going to win in a landslide.

  • Marisol S.
    07/06/2019 13:45

    Yes we will.

  • Peter P.
    07/06/2019 14:35

    Handsome candidate😍only American dreams not latino dreams😁😁😁

  • Bashir H.
    07/06/2019 14:39

    Trump 2020

  • Anthony B.
    07/06/2019 14:47

    as a top fan i say he got zero.chance 😇

  • Bro E.
    07/06/2019 15:15

    He would make a great President he’s just not doing so well in the polls right now.

  • Joan S.
    07/06/2019 15:25

    Interesting man. Worth keeping track of this candidate.

  • Bebie C.
    07/06/2019 16:22

    He will be the next Pres.of USA I just guest ,no offend guys.😆

  • Jes C.
    07/06/2019 16:30

    No One wants a mexican president!!

  • Stella L.
    07/06/2019 16:52

    Don’t think do

  • Abraham Y.
    07/06/2019 17:08

    America needs a Trump when its tradition and values are being challenged by leftists, antifa rogues, Muslim Brotherhood activists, Black Lives, Omar, Rashida and Obamites. According to polls, American patriotism is dwindling due to these toxic elements in American society. The numbers, from a new Gallup poll, are the lowest since the polling organization began gauging patriotic fervor this way in 2001. Never before in the history of the United States, national anthem, flag, the cross, the Bible and churches are insulted. Trump is the president of the hour.

  • Victor A.
    07/06/2019 18:25

    Only in his dreams will he become POTUS LOLLLLLLLLL

  • Vilmar T.
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  • Brut
    07/08/2019 14:22

    They have children, they are from small towns, they were in the army. This is how Democratic candidates represented themselves during the first debate.

  • Wan L.
    07/09/2019 16:07

    I congratulate his courage, but he won't go far. He should use his tenacity to support Bidien or Harris, so we can prevent another 4 years of Trump. I am just being honest.

  • Tico G.
    07/09/2019 17:10

    El trumpo will win o

  • Mike P.
    07/09/2019 20:30

    You live in an alternate universe? Eric Swallowswell has a better chance of winning and he dropped out of the race. Ask him what happened to the missing billions when he was in charge of HUD in the Obama administration.