The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 81 of 93

Rep.-elect Joaquín Castro (D-Texas-20)

DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 16, 1974

BIRTHPLACE: San Antonio, Texas

RESIDENCE: San Antonio, Texas


EDUCATION:  Texas State Representative



FAMILY: Single

Joaquín Castro replaced his mentor, Democratic Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, in Congress.

He and his identical twin, Julián Castro, became star figures at the Democratic National Convention this summer, when Julian gave the keynote address and the twins were spotted seated next to first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama: We raise men to feel 'entitled' Michelle Obama: 'Don't tweet every thought' Michelle Obama, Prince Harry visit public school in Chicago MORE during former President Clinton’s speech.

As a second-generation Mexican American, Castro has always taken pride in his accomplishments, which started out through the public education system. Despite a very tough political environment in Texas, he overcame the partisan gridlock and helped restore millions of dollars of funding in healthcare and education. 

Before his run for Congress, he served five terms in the Texas state assembly.