Joaquín Castro
American politician
Joaquín Castro
Joaquín Castro is an American politician from San Antonio, Texas. Castro is a representative in the United States House of Representatives representing Texas's 20th congressional district. He was a representative in the Texas Legislature representing District 125. While in the Texas legislature Castro served as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Committee and was a member of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee.
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Democratic Rep. Castro says Tillerson should have scheduled NATO, China meetings better
Yahoo News - 5 days
Rep. Joaquin Castro questioned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to skip a NATO meeting but go to Russia, in an interview Tuesday.
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WATCH: Rep. Joaquin Castro: 'No conclusion one way or another' on Trump campaign ties to Russia
ABC News - 8 days
House Intelligence Committee members Rep. Will Hurd (R) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D) weigh in on this and the Monday House hearing on Trump's ties to Russia.
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Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro On Russian Election Meddling
NPR - 9 days
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro about his role on the House Intelligence Committee, which will hold a hearing Monday on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
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Undocumented Immigrants Arrested Nationwide, Stoking Fears Of Trump's 'Deportation Force'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Driving Growth Through Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Huffington Post - 8 months
This week we recognize August 4th as Startup Day Across America, a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and the jobs they create. It's also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that our entrepreneurs face and explore solutions to allow the best and brightest minds to succeed. Our country's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy. Our country's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy. America's startups are the driving force behind new job creation in the United States. In fact, companies less than one year old have created an average of 1.5 million jobs per year over the past three decades, fueling both local and national economic growth. From Uber to ZocDoc, startups are behind the technologies and services now a part of the daily lives of many Americans. And these companies no longer exist solely within Silicon Valley -- in fact, Texas ranks fifth highest on the Kauffman Index ...
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Congressman Joaquin Castro Among Texas Dignitaries to Attend Grand Opening of Senior Apartments
Yahoo News - about 1 year
SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Representative Justin Rodriguez (TX-125) will join representatives from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas), Broadway Bank, and George Gervin Youth Center to celebrate the grand opening of the George Gervin Retirement Apartments. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. today, Friday, January 22, 2016, at 7527 Mainland Drive in San Antonio, Texas. The media is encouraged to attend. ...
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San Antonio Dignitaries to Attend Grand Opening of Senior Apartments
Yahoo News - about 1 year
SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) will join representatives from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas), Broadway National Bank, and George Gervin Youth Center for the grand opening of the George Gervin Retirement Apartments. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2016, at 7527 Mainland Drive in San Antonio, Texas. The media is encouraged to attend. ...
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Latino Conference High Hopes For 2016 Election
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Policy Forum is a four-day conference that takes place every year in Washington D.C. during Hispanic Heritage Month with a mission to develop the next generation of Latino leaders through education, empowerment and connection in order to shape the nation's future. Thousands joined CHCI earlier this month as they celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by bringing in a powerful lineup of Presidential candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Martin O'Malley, who addressed the crowd and the press in private forums. Texas Congressman, Joaquin Castro and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were also among some of the special guest. Secretary of State and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama attended the conference 38th Annual Awards Gala Thursday night. President Obama pumped up the crowd by addressing the young leaders in the room adding, "to be a leader you have to stand for something." The president urged the crowd ...
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40 Under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the nation's ever-so important growing demographic by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of these leaders for their worldwide achievements. One way to do so is through the Global Diaspora Week which perfectly coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, thus creating a great opportunity to highlight diverse innovators from one of the nation's largest groups, the Hispanic Diaspora. Another is by admiring the great role models in international affairs such as: Hon. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Amb. Arnold Chacon, Amb. Carmen Lomellin, Amb. Carolyn Curiel, Deputy Secretary Jaime Areizaga Soto, Amb. Julissa Reynoso, Amb. Lino Gutierrez, Hon. Maria Echaveste, Hon. Maria Otero, Dr. Rebecca Chavez, Amb. Tony Garza and Amb. Vilma Martinez to name a few. They have paved the way for the current generation of rising stars who must now take the mantle and open doors for others because today there are still too few Hispanics in the U.S ...
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Steve King: John Boehner 'Didn't Deny' Calling Me An A**Hole
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) weighed in on whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) really did call him an "a**hole" back in July, arguing that Boehner's decision not to address the issue says something. In an interview with CQ Roll Call published late Friday, King said he did not doubt Boehner called him that because “the speaker didn’t deny it." “We have not had that discussion," King told Roll Call. "I don’t expect we will. That’s decorum on the floor of the House that shouldn’t have happened.” As of Friday, a Boehner spokesperson declined to comment to CQ Roll Call. King's remarks come two weeks after Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) claimed in a Texas Monthly piece that he overheard Boehner deliver the comment. The word was supposedly directed at King for his comparison of undocumented immigrants to drug mules with "calves the size of cantaloupes." "Another Texas Democrat and I were standing a few feet away, and as the speaker passed us we thanked him for denouncing King's o ...
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Wendy Davis and the Pete Wilson Factor
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The past couple of weeks have been challenging for Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's campaign to become the next Governor of Texas. Wayne Slater's Dallas Morning News article about Davis's life story, particularly the fact that her children stayed with her husband in Texas while she attended Harvard Law School, has triggered a series of attacks on Davis's character by conservatives, many of which are of a sexist and vulgar nature. As Kirsten Powers pointed out in The Daily Beast: Since news broke in the Dallas Morning News that the Texas gubernatorial candidate had support from her then-husband while she attended Harvard Law School, conservatives have been apoplectic. The right has been heaping scorn upon Davis because she and her husband decided that their children should stay in Texas with him while she studied in Boston...For crying out loud, she didn't leave her children on the side of the road. She left them to live with their father. It's fair to criticize Davis for her misleadi ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - NSA To Curb Surveillance Of Your Obamaphone
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Some GOP operatives are so worried about Chris Christie's political troubles that they think Mitt Romney should run again, though none have become so desperate that they're begging Fred Thompson to leave the reverse mortgage game. On Monday, many Americans will acknowledge Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle for justice by solemnly sleeping in and then solemnly mixing orange juice with champagne. And John Boehner called Steve King an "asshole" for his insensitive comments about immigrants. Considering the offense, Boehner should have taken a page from George W. Bush and thrown in a "major league." This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, January 17th, 2014: Jamelle Bouie fields the popup: "The thing about Jim Crow, after all, is that its emergence was profoundly undemocratic and distinctly anti-majoritarian. Throughout the South, pluralities of the electorate -- and in the case of Mississippi and Louisiana, outright majorities -- were disenfranchised through violence and terrorism." [Daily ...
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New Push Could Help More Dreamers Afford College
Huffington Post - about 3 years
WASHINGTON -- A joint effort was launched in the House and Senate Thursday to encourage states to grant in-state tuition or financial aid at public colleges to young undocumented immigrants. The funding would offer considerable help for many hoping for an affordable chance at higher education. Undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children, often called Dreamers, can receive in-state tuition in 19 states, including those represented by the four lawmakers who signed on to the bill. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) proposed the bill, and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) are original co-sponsors. The legislation would create the American Dream Grant program to provide $750 million over a decade in need-based financial aid to states that provide in-state tuition and financial aid to undocumented students. It would be paid for by the increasing the fee for student F-1 visas from $200 to $350, according to Castro's office ...
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'Catch An Illegal' Group Slammed By Latino Leaders
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Latino activists pounced on a conservative Texas student group Monday for organizing a now-canceled game encouraging people to catch students labeled as “illegal immigrants” in exchange for $25 gift cards. The Young Conservatives of Texas’ aborted plans to hold its “Catch an Illegal” game inspired a counter-protest and a storm of angry statements from political leaders who called attention to conservatives’ continuing problems with the tone it uses to discuss illegal immigration. Librotraficante, a group organized to “smuggle” books to Tucson after the Arizona legislature banned a progressive Mexican American Studies curriculum there, said it would organize a complimentary event at the University of Texas in Austin on Wednesday called “You’re All Immigrants.” Participants would make their own “illegal immigrant” signs and “self-deport” to the YCT to collect the promised gift cards. YCT canceled the event after University of Texas at Austin’s President Bill Powers scolded the st ...
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Joaquin Castro Marries Anna Flores In Private Ceremony
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It’s a big year for Joaquin Castro As his first year of tenure in the House of Representative comes to a close, the 39-year-old Texas politician entered a new stage in his life when he married fiancee Anna Flores in a private ceremony on Saturday, the Associated Press reports. Over the summer, the Representative’s twin brother and Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro announced the couple’s engagement in a Facebook post. “Congratulations to my brother, Joaquin Castro, and Anna Flores on their engagement! They've been together three years and have been great friends for five. May they have a blessed future together.” Months later, Joaquin announced they were expecting a daughter in December. The Texas Rep. said the couple plans to hold a larger Catholic ceremony next summer. “Anna and I have had an eventful and very blessed year,” Joaquin Castro said about his recent wedding, according to the Associated Press. “We are excited to embark on our journey together as a family.”
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Show Bipartisanship at Work By Bringing Comprehensive Immigration Reform to the Floor
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In the aftermath of a sixteen-day government shutdown that cost our country $24 billion, the message from the American people was clear: we are tired of the partisan gamesmanship and bickering on Capitol Hill. Now, more than ever, the American people are wondering if their Congress can rise to the challenge and pass legislation that lowers our deficit, creates jobs, encourages entrepreneurship, and leads to long-term, sustainable economic growth. We can accomplish all of this if we finally come together and finish the job on comprehensive immigration reform. As members of the New Democrat Coalition -- a group committed to America's economic prosperity -- we have worked to introduce in the House a commonsense immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship. Our members come from America's business community: we have leading entrepreneurs within our ranks, as well as former executives in the tech, health care and financial services industries. We understand business, and we kno ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joaquín Castro
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    During the 2016 presidential election, Castro served as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton's campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Castro is the son of Jesse Guzman and Rosie Castro and the identical twin brother of Julián Castro, the former Mayor of San Antonio and the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama. In addition to his work in the Texas Legislature, Castro practices law in San Antonio. He has also taught as a visiting professor of law at St. Mary's University and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University in San Antonio. Castro sits on several boards of nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education, including: Achieving the Dream, the National College Advising Corps, St. Phillip's College President's Advisory Board, St. Mary's University Mission and Identity Taskforce, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials' (NALEO) Taskforce on Education.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 38
    In early summer of 2013, Castro became engaged to his girlfriend, Anna Flores.
    More Details Hide Details The announcement was made by his twin brother, Julian, on his Facebook page. The couple had a daughter in December 2013, and welcomed a son in February 2016.
    Castro was officially sworn into office on January 3, 2013 becoming a member of the 113th United States Congress.
    More Details Hide Details He was chosen as the president of the freshman class of Democrats in the 113th Congress. In the 114th Congress, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer named Castro a Chief Deputy Whip.
  • 2012
    Age 37
    In November 2012, Castro defeated Republican David Rosa 64%-34%. becoming only the fifth person to represent this district since its creation in 1935.
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    At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, he introduced his brother Julián as keynote speaker.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    In June 2011, Castro announced that he was running for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the newly-drawn.
    More Details Hide Details He was initially set to challenge fellow Democrat and nine-term incumbent Lloyd Doggett, whose home in Austin had been drawn into the district, in the Democratic primary However, on November 28, after Charlie Gonzalez of the neighboring 20th District announced his retirement after seven terms, Castro announced his intent to run instead for the 20th District seat. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary, all but assuring him of being the next congressman from this heavily Democratic, Hispanic-majority district.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    In 2010, he won re-election to a fifth term, defeating Libertarian Jeffrey Blunt, 78%-22%.
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  • 2009
    Age 34
    Julián Castro, his identical twin brother, served as Mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014 and is now the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details Castro was born and reared in San Antonio and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. Castro has stated that his interest in public service developed at a young age from watching his parents' involvement in political campaigns and civic causes. His father, Jessie Guzman, was a retired mathematics teacher from the Edgewood Independent School District in the west side of San Antonio, and his mother, Marie "Rosie" Castro, a community activist. Jessie and Rosie never married. He graduated with honors from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and communications and earned a Juris Doctorate with his twin brother at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After law school, the two brothers continued together to work for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld before starting their own firm in 2005. He worked in public education, health care, and the juvenile justice system. Castro is a member of the National College Advising Corps, St. Mary's University Mission and Identity Taskforce, St. Philip's College President's Advisory Board, and Texas Family Impact Seminar.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    In 2008, he won re-election to a fourth term unopposed.
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    In 2006, he won re-election to a third term, defeating Republican Nelson Balido, 58%-38%.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 29
    In 2004, he won re-election to a second term unopposed.
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  • 2002
    Age 27
    Castro ran for Texas's 125th House district in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated incumbent State Representative Arthur Reyna in the Democratic primary 64-36 percent. In the general election, he defeated Republican Nelson Balido, 60-40 percent. He was twenty-eight at the time of his election to the state House.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1974.
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