Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was born on September 16, 1974 in San Antonio, Texas. His mother inspired both him and his twin brother to be who they are today by taking them to political rallies and organizational meetings as a kid. He graduated from Stanford University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications and continued to Harvard Law School graduating in 2000 with his law degree.
In 2001, Castro was elected to the San Antonio City Council becoming the youngest member in San Antonio history. Castro ran for mayor in 2005 but was defeated so he started his own law practice with his brother. He ran for mayor a second time in 2009 and won. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won again with 82% of the votes. Castro gained national attention in 2012 when he delivered the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 2014, Castro stepped down as mayor when he was nominated and then confirmed to be the next secretary of HUD, Castro served under Obama for the rest of his term. Julián Castro’s 2020 campaign officially launched on January 13, starting with a trip to hurricane-affected areas in Puerto Rico. He is married to Erica Lira Castro and has a daughter Carina.