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Julián Castro (2014-2017) - Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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Julián Castro earned his B.A. from Stanford University with honors and distinction in 1996 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000. In 2001, Castro became the youngest elected city councilman in San Antonio history. A San Antonio native, Secretary Castro was then elected mayor of San Antonio in 2009 and was reelected in 2011 and 2013. 

As mayor, Castro focused on attracting well-paying jobs, raising educational attainment, and revitalizing the city’s urban center. In 2010, Castro was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders and Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics. 

Secretary Castro was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014. As secretary, Castro's focus is ensuring that HUD is a transparent, efficient, and an effective champion for the people it serves. 

Secretary Castro’s identical twin brother, Joaquin, serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Michael Nelson

Professor Nelson is the Fulmer Professor Political Science at Rhodes College, a senior fellow of the Miller Center, and the senior contributing editor and book editor of the Cook Political Report. He is the author of multiple books on American politics and government, including:

Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government (University Press of Kansas), which won the American Political Science Association’s Richard E. Neustadt Award for Best Book on the Presidency published in 2014

How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation (LSU Press), which won the Southern Political Science Association’s V.O. Key Award for Outstanding Book on Southern Politics published in 2006