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

OCCUPATION: Lawyer

EDUCATION:  Texas State Representative

PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: 

Congressman

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 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.


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