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Julian Castro's appointment on Wednesday to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has been commended by supporters. They've praised the three-term mayor's work in San Antonio, Texas, on homelessness, responsible home ownership, job creation and city revitalization. Castro will be the third Latino in President Obama's second-term cabinet.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) highlighted the business culture the former mayor fostered, earning San Antonio national recognition. NALEO said in a statement that Castro "will bring his 'can do' attitude and visionary leadership to Washington D.C." Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rubén Hinojosa said it was a "proud moment for our state of Texas, the Latino community, and our entire country."

Castro's brother Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said in a statement that his brother's appointment is a "testament to [his] incredible work" as mayor of their hometown.



— Natalie Daher