Tribpedia: Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 16, 1974. A second generation Mexican American, he was raised on the city’s Westside and is a proud product of the public school system. The Castro family’s history in the United States began nearly 100 years ago when his grandmother, Victoria Castro, came to Texas as a young orphan. In ...

Analysis: Donald Trump’s Trickle-Down Effect on Texas Politics

From left: Texas Agriculture Sid Miller, 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
From left: Texas Agriculture Sid Miller, 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

Donald Trump and everyone’s reaction to him might turn out to be unimportant in the next couple of election cycles. If the Republican wins the presidency, he’ll be a factor in the 2018 mid-term elections. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a memory.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

Joaquin Castro Takes his Democratic Convention Turn

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro took the national stage Thursday on the closing day of the Democratic National Convention in the highest-profile speaking slot of the state's federal delegation.

 

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (left), U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (left), U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio.

Analysis: A Temporary Hitch in Plans for Some of Texas’ Political A-List

A couple of rising stars in Texas — Ted Cruz and Julián Castro — have left their predictable political orbits for uncharted journeys. Although you’ll hear otherwise, it’s silly to say they’ll never get up. Time is on their side.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a morning campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Castro was on the first of four campaign stops in Iowa.

Joaquin Castro Causes New Stir as He Considers Senate Run

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro seemed to offer more definitive language than usual about a possible 2018 run for U.S. Senate during an interview with CBS News on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

Despite All Eyes on His Twin, Joaquin Castro Not Sitting Idle

While the political world waits to see if Hillary Clinton selects U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro as her running mate, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro could remain a force in Congress regardless of the outcome.

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2016.

Democrats Bring U.S. House to Halt Over Gun Legislation

Nearly every Texas Democrat in the U.S. House contributed in their own way Wednesday to an effort that ground the chamber to a halt with the aim of forcing a vote on gun control legislation.

A Democratic convention attendee holds up signs during remarks by U.S. Congressman and convention chair Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at the Alamodome on June 17, 2016.
A Democratic convention attendee holds up signs during remarks by U.S. Congressman and convention chair Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at the Alamodome on June 17, 2016.

Scenes From the Texas Democratic Convention

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Scenes from the Texas Democratic Party's convention in San Antonio.

Mario Carrillo (left) and Avery Lord, both of Voto Latino, held a sign ahead of a Congressional Hispanic Caucus prepares press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2015. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments that day in the Evenwel v. Abbott case.
Mario Carrillo (left) and Avery Lord, both of Voto Latino, held a sign ahead of a Congressional Hispanic Caucus prepares press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2015. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments that day in the Evenwel v. Abbott case.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas Redistricting Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday over a Texas case that sought to clarify what “one person, one vote” means in American politics. 

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

Texas Delegation Spends Campaign Cash on Presidential Candidates

Members of Texas' congressional delegation are making their support for presidential candidates known — in thousand-dollar increments from their own campaign accounts. 

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 Patrick, Joe Straus, Nancy Pelosi and Julián Castro. You can watch those interviews and videos of our other keynote sessions here.

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.

From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.
From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

Texans to Have Starring Role in Congressional Showdowns

When Congress reconvenes next week after its August recess, there are a couple of things you can count on: impassioned debate on domestic and foreign policy, and Texans having major parts in those debates.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, talks to staffers from Hillary Clinton's Iowa campaign at a morning campaign event in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, talks to staffers from Hillary Clinton's Iowa campaign at a morning campaign event in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

In Iowa, Castro Makes Debut as Clinton Surrogate

In his first trip to Iowa as Hillary Clinton's surrogate, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro argued that electing any Republican to the White House in 2016 will be bad for Latinos, given the immigrant-bashing taking place in the GOP's primary.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro talks about the national 2016 political landscape during a TTEvents conversation with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro talks about the national 2016 political landscape during a TTEvents conversation with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.

Texas Democrats Help Defeat Obama's Legacy Bill

The U.S. House on Friday shot down President Obama's bid to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history. The people taking knives to his agenda were in his own party, including most of Texas' Democratic delegation.  

 

 

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.

Student Jacob Hale listens to testimony on HB 1242 a Donna Howard-sponsored bill that would change the name of Confederate Heroes Day on April 14, 2015.
Student Jacob Hale listens to testimony on HB 1242 a Donna Howard-sponsored bill that would change the name of Confederate Heroes Day on April 14, 2015.

The Brief: Name Change Debate on Confederate Holiday Turns Heated

Discussion in a House committee Tuesday on a proposed change to the name of a state holiday honoring soldiers who fought for the Confederacy took on an extra dose of notoriety because of the identity of the main proponent of the change.

Former Texas House member and current Congressman Joaquin Castro at TTEvents with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.
Former Texas House member and current Congressman Joaquin Castro at TTEvents with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.

Castro Asks Feds for Border Surge Details

A Democratic congressman has asked the federal government to do what the Texas Department of Public Safety has said it can’t: Provide information on what role federal agents have played during the state’s multimillion-dollar border surge.