Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro received praise and a standing ovation as the first Latino to deliver a keynote speech during last night’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 37-year-old politician touched on immigration, education, and his family’s legacy.
As the son of a Chicana social activist and single mother named Rosie, Julian reflected, “My mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.” As a result, his reflective rhetoric and power over the crowd leave many wondering what his political aspirations are in the future.
As our political columnist, Viviana Hurtado previously reported, “Now, the chatter is that Castro is being groomed to run in the future for national office, including President.”
Whether you are Republican or Democrat, it’s obvious that Julian is a political player worth keeping our eyes on. Here are 5 facts you may not know about him:
1. The Harvard Law School graduate is the youngest councilman in the history of San Antonio. He was elected in 2009, and later re-elected earning 82 percent of the vote in 2011.
2. He has an identical twin brother named Joaquin Castro. His brother is also a politician who received his JD from Harvard Law School and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Committee in San Antonio.
3. He is the founder and creator of SA2020, a non-profit organization that encourages community growth in areas such as education and transportation for San Antonio’s downtown area.
4. He doesn't support the Arizona immigration law. "Immigrants are not a net threat to the nation. They are part of the fabric of the nation, and hard workers that help propel local economies, as they have here," he said in an interview with The Atlantic.
5. He helped launch Café College, which encourages college enrollment numbers to increase by providing college preparation and scholarships to over 10,000 students in the San Antonio area.
What did you think about Julian Castro's keynote speech at the DNC?