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Castro Has First HUD Secretary Confirmation Hearing Tuesday

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivered the keynote address at this year's commencement at the LBJ School of Business at UT-Austin.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will go before a Senate confirmation committee Tuesday, the first step in the process of becoming the new leader of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In May, President Barack Obama nominated the three-term San Antonio mayor for the job, replacing Shaun Donovan.

If confirmed, Castro said while he'll be focused on housing in his new role, he's always been a strong supporter of education and hopes that's how he'll be remembered.

"What I hope my number one legacy will be, whenever I'm done serving as mayor, is that more of our young people are graduating from high school, going on to college and graduating and reaching their own dreams the way that I've been blessed to grow up here and reach my dreams," he told Texas Public Radio.

The hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m. CST.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.
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