Birthdate: Sept. 16, 1974
Birth Place: San Antonio, TX, United States
Residence: San Antonio, TX
Religion: Roman Catholic
District: District 20
Joaquin Castro was born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides. He earned a bachelor's from Stanford University in 1996 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2000.
At 28, Castro was elected to the Texas Legislature as a representative for the state's 125th District. His identical twin brother, Julian Castro, served as mayor of San Antonio, where the brothers established a private litigation practice.
Joaquin Castro has taught as a visiting professor of law at St. Mary's University and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University. He is active on several boards of education-related nonprofit organizations, including Achieving the Dream, the National College Advising Corps, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials' Taskforce on Education.
He is single.
Joaquin Castro, a second-generation Mexican-American, served five terms as a state representative for Texas' 125th District before running for Congress in 2012. He first considered running in a new district against incumbent U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, but later settled on the 20th Congressional District after U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez announced his retirement in 2012. Castro ran unchallenged in the 2012 Democratic primary.
Castro's identical twin brother, Julian Castro, is the mayor of San Antonio.
Castro's father, a retired teacher, and his mother, a renowned community activist, were deeply involved in political movements and civic causes.
As vice chairman of the Higher Education Committee and Democratic floor leader in the Texas House, Castro helped restore millions of dollars in funding to critical health care and education programs. He has also been at the forefront in proposing legislative reforms in the areas of mental health, teen pregnancy and juvenile justice.
Outside of the legislative chamber, Castro created the Trailblazers College Tour, raising money to send underprivileged students on college visits, giving them exposure to some of the nation's best universities.
Source: Associated Press