By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
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
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD:
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 Obama 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.