The first time President Barack Obama asked Julian Castro to serve in his Cabinet (as transportation secretary last year) the San Antonio mayor said no. This time, Castro reportedly has “signaled a willingness to begin a swift process of confirmation” to the post of secretary of housing and urban development.
The San Antonio Express-News first reported on the possible appointment earlier today, noting that Castro would join his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) in Washington, D.C. Julian Castro had formerly said he intended to fulfill his tenure as mayor, but the Castro brothers have turned into rising stars for the Democrat party, speaking on the fund-raising circuit often. Castro is reportedly being considered as a possible vice-presidential nominee in 2016, and the more high-profile Cabinet position would certainly help bolster his chances, notes The New York Times.
Castro, 39, would replace Shaun Donovan, who could be a possible replacement for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, currently director of the Office of Management and Budget. Obama has nominated Burwell for the recently vacated secretary of health and human services post.