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 ...

Trump team's alleged Russia ties get muted response from Texas Republicans

Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses.
Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses.

Texas Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for more Congressional oversight, amid news reports of Trump allies communicating with Russian officials. House Republicans, for the most part, are quiet on the matter. 

Clockwise from left: former state Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, (r.) and his twin brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
Clockwise from left: former state Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, (r.) and his twin brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Texas Democrats begin to plot out strategy for 2018 midterms

A recent private meeting of some of the Democratic Party's most well-known Texas figures suggests party leaders see glimmers of hope for the midterm elections thanks to President Donald Trump.

Julián and Joaquin Castro speak to media during the Texas Democratic Convention on June 17, 2016.
Julián and Joaquin Castro speak to media during the Texas Democratic Convention on June 17, 2016.

Castro brothers confront Trump era

Donald Trump's upset victory left many in both parties shocked, upending their best-laid plans for after the election. Among them are rising Texas Democratic stars Julián and Joaquin Castro.

Protesters gather in front of the UT Tower to protest President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Seth Uzman leds the protesters in a "not my president" chant.
Protesters gather in front of the UT Tower to protest President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Seth Uzman leds the protesters in a "not my president" chant.

Texans observe Donald Trump's inauguration with protests, celebrations (live updates)

As Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States with ceremonies in Washington, D.C., multiple protests and celebrations will be unfolding in Texas.

HUD Secretary Julián (l.) and twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, campaign for Hillary Clinton at a Columbus, Ohio polling location on November 6, 2016.
HUD Secretary Julián (l.) and twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, campaign for Hillary Clinton at a Columbus, Ohio polling location on November 6, 2016.

Castro brothers light a fire under Ohio Democrats ahead of Election Day

As part of her closing effort to win the presidential race in Ohio, Hillary Clinton called on a couple of Democratic political stars from Texas — the Castro twins of San Antonio.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro, left, and his twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, attend a Day of Action on Oct. 29, 2016, at the Travis County Democratic Party headquarters in Austin.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro, left, and his twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, attend a Day of Action on Oct. 29, 2016, at the Travis County Democratic Party headquarters in Austin.

Castro brothers to storm battleground states for Clinton

Beginning Thursday, two of the state's most prominent Democrats will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, Iowa and Texas. 

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, addresses Democrats at a get-out-the-vote really Saturday in Austin. He was joined by his twin brother, U.S. Housing Secretary Julían Castro.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, addresses Democrats at a get-out-the-vote really Saturday in Austin. He was joined by his twin brother, U.S. Housing Secretary Julían Castro.

Castro demands answers in FBI probe of Clinton emails

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, pressed for more answers Saturday in the FBI examination of potentially new Hillary Clinton-related emails, criticizing agency Director James Comey, for handling the situation "very poorly."

 

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.

Castro, mulling Cruz challenge, blasts senator's Trump endorsement

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is providing a scathing assessment of the Sen. Ted Cruz's deliberations over whether to endorse Donald Trump. 

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.

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

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.

While All Eyes on Julían, Joaquin Castro Quietly Climbs Ranks in Congress

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.

Texas Democrats Help 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 White House Hopefuls

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.