More About Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro was born in San Antonio in 1974.  A second generation Mexican American, he was raised on the city’s Westside and went to public schools. The Castro family’s history in the United States began nearly 100 years ago when his grandmother, Victoria Castro, came to Texas as a young orphan.

Joaquin finished high school a year early, attended Stanford University where he graduated with Honors, went on to Harvard Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate degree in 2000.  At 28 years old, he returned to San Antonio and joined a private law practice. Elected to the Texas Legislature, he served five terms as state representative for District 125.  In 2012, Joaquin was elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives as representative of Texas’ 20th Congressional District, which covers a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. In 2014, Julian Castro was sworn in as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

(Joaquin’s identical twin brother, Julián Castro, was elected in 2013 to his third term as Mayor of San Antonio.)