San Antonio Mayor Plucked For HUD

President Obama on Friday announced his new pick for HUD Secretary: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

Current HUD Sec. Shaun Donovan has been chosen to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

Before introducing Castro, Obama rattled off a list of Donovan's accomplishments, saying he made HUD “smarter and more efficient” while focusing on building strong, sustainable neighborhoods for people with access to housing and good jobs. He said Donovan also reduced homelessness among veterans and was a leader in the recovery following Hurricane Sandy.

“Shaun has earned a reputation as a great manager, a fiscally responsible leader, and somebody who knows how the decisions we make here in Washington effect peoples lives all across the country,” Obama said.

As mayor, Obama called Castro a “leader in housing and economic development” for his work revitalizing San Antonio with new housing developments and by attracting investment.

NCLR president and CEO Janet Murguía called Obama’s nomination a “home run.”

“Julian Castro has become a respected and nationally acclaimed leader on urban revitalization and economic development, the issues at the heart of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s work. We especially look forward to working with him to complete the department’s unfinished business of alleviating once and for all the housing crisis that continues to affect millions of Americans, especially in communities of color,” said Murguía.

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