Tribpedia: Julián Castro

Julián Castro, 40, serves on President Barack Obama's Cabinet as Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was tapped for the job during his third term as mayor of San Antonio; he was sworn in as head of HUD on July 28, 2014. He is the older brother (by a few minutes) of his ...

Amid Intense VP Buzz, Julián Castro Tours Iowa for Clinton

Julián Castro visits a Hillary Clinton campaign field office in Ottumwa, Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.
Julián Castro visits a Hillary Clinton campaign field office in Ottumwa, Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

As U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro spent a day campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Iowa, the Texas Democrat, found himself in a familiar position: waving off questions about whether she will pick him as her running mate. Even after a Clinton volunteer greeted him as "Mr. Vice-President, Castro reiterated that he is focused on his current job.

The 2015 Texas Tribune Festival's keynote sessions included one-on-one conversations with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (clockwise, from top left), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. There was also a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential race.
The 2015 Texas Tribune Festival's keynote sessions included one-on-one conversations with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (clockwise, from top left), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. There was also a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential race.

2015 Tribune Festival: Videos of the Keynote Sessions

During the keynote sessions of the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival, we featured one-on-one conversations with Dan PatrickJoe Straus, Nancy Pelosi and Julián Castro. You can watch those interviews and videos of our other keynote sessions here.

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during an October campaign rally in San Antonio. Her campaign announced Wednesday it had hired its first Texas staffers.
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton addresses supporters during an October campaign rally in San Antonio. Her campaign announced Wednesday it had hired its first Texas staffers.

Castro's VP Buzz Hits New High With Clinton Endorsement

Long-simmering speculation about U.S. housing secretary Julián Castro's Democratic vice presidential prospects is reaching a boil with his endorsement last week of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Castro, the former San Antonio mayor, has played coy about his ambitions, stressing he is focused on his current job.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith on Oct. 18, 2015.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith on Oct. 18, 2015.

Castro on VP Speculation: Call Me, Maybe?

Despite growing speculation that he could be tapped to serve as the running mate of Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Julián Castro said Sunday “it's not a given” that he’d accept the position. Castro, the U.S. secretary for housing and urban development, endorsed Clinton on Thursday.

Former state Senator Leticia Van de Putte at the mic. To her left, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Carlos "Charlie" Uresti, D-San Antonio, in San Antonio on Oct. 12, 2015.
Former state Senator Leticia Van de Putte at the mic. To her left, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Carlos "Charlie" Uresti, D-San Antonio, in San Antonio on Oct. 12, 2015.

San Antonio Rally Key to Clinton's National Strategy

Hillary Clinton's visit to San Antonio later this week will kick off a concerted outreach to Latino voters nationally. But supporters say the campaign is also hoping to run the table in the Texas primary in March.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, urges Texas leaders to accept Medicaid expansion as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and then-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro listen on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, urges Texas leaders to accept Medicaid expansion as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and then-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro listen on April 1, 2013.

Texas Democrats Facing Fierce Debate on Iran Deal

 When Texas Democratic House members return to the nation's capital next week, they will be hit with a firestorm of a debate: the Iran deal. From the moment President Obama announced his nuclear deal with Iran, the issue became a consuming flashpoint in Congressional politics. Republicans howled, and many Democrats were - and continue to be - anxious. 

In Houston, Castro Avoids Veep Chatter

U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro on Friday declined to wade into the growing speculation that he is on Hillary Clinton's shortlist for a running mate. After a speech in Houston, he told reporters he will leave it to others to feed the 2016 rumor mill.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas' 10th District talks about recent immigration issues at TTEvents on Feb. 19, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas' 10th District talks about recent immigration issues at TTEvents on Feb. 19, 2015.

Trade Deal Squeezes Texas Congressional Democrats

Texas Democrats in the U.S. House face an agonizing choice: oppose a sweeping trade measure and deep-six President Obama’s economic legacy, or support it and antagonize labor, one of the largest financial constituents in the party.

Video: Castro on 2016

At our 5/1 conversation, Julián Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, talked about the 2016 presidential race — assessing the GOP field and gently deflecting questions about his own veep prospects.

Attorney General Ken Paxton, r, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott during the press conference praising federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen's immigration ruling on Feb. 18, 2015.
Attorney General Ken Paxton, r, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott during the press conference praising federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen's immigration ruling on Feb. 18, 2015.

The Brief: Rangers Asked to Join Paxton Investigation

The question of whether Attorney General Ken Paxton will be charged in connection with his failure to register with the State Securities Board while soliciting clients for investment firms could now rest in the hands of the Texas Rangers.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press a day after a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power August 16th, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press a day after a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power August 16th, 2014

The Brief: Spotlight Shines on a Defiant Perry

One consequence of announcing the felony indictments against Rick Perry late Friday was to give the governor the following day to begin his full-throated counterattack. That meant the front pages of the state's Sunday papers were dominated by pictures of a defiant Perry.