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 ObamaMichelle Obama holds fitness 'bootcamps' for friends Obama marks Father’s Day: ‘I'm most proud to be Sasha and Malia's dad’ Obamas invited to be honorary football coach at University of Michigan 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.