Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The three-termer Democrat mayor’s nomination was approved by a 71-26 vote with Texas senators John Cornyn voting in favor and Ted Cruz voting no. All 26 no votes are from Republicans. His confirmation makes him the second Latino in Obama’s Cabinet. The other one is Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.
Castro thanked senators who supported him and President Barack Obama in a speech at City Hall on Wednesday. He promised to create opportunities for owning homes and improving the quality of neighborhoods.
Castro also said he looks forward “to working with mayors and other officials to strengthen communities across the U.S.”
Castro is yet to resign as mayor as the vacationing City Council is yet to meet in a special session to select an interim mayor.
Castro is replacing HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, who will assume the post of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as budget director. Burwell replaced Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius.