SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The nomination was approved 71-26 on a roll call vote. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted for the nomination; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, voted against it. Republicans cast all of the no votes.
The San Antonio Democrat would serve on President Barack Obama’s Cabinet for the remainder of the president’s term, which ends in January 2017.
He will officially become secretary once he is sworn in.
“I’m very honored to be confirmed as the 16th secretary of Housing and Urban Development,” Castro said Wednesday afternoon at City Hall.
He said he appreciated the bipartisan support of the Senate and from President Barack Obama.
“HUD is the department of opportunity,” Castro said, adding that he looks forward to creating opportunity for Americans, whether in pursuing their dreams of home ownership or boosting the quality of neighborhoods.
“As a mayor, I understand the importance of a strong relationship with the federal government, and I look forward to working with mayors and other officials to strengthen communities across the U.S.”
Castro, 39, remains mayor until he resigns. He previously said he’d resign after City Council meets in special session and selects an interim mayor. Council, which is vacationing this month, has not yet set a special meeting.
By: John Gonzalez
Reporter, San Antonio Express News