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Supporters Praise Julian Castro's HUD Confirmation

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(FILES) This May 23, 2014 file photo shows US President Barack Obama (L) with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as he speaks during a ceremony in the State Dinning Room at the White House in Washington, DC. The US Senate confirmed on July 9, 2014, Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, placing the San Antonio, Texas mayor at the top of the agency in charge of housing at a time when the sector is recovering sluggishly. Castro,age 39 a Democrat who was nominated by President Barack Obama, was confirmed on a roll call vote of 71 to 26 in the Democratic-led Senate. The 26 senators opposed to his nomination were Republicans. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SamadJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesJEWEL SAMAD / AFP - Getty Images

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.

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