WASHINGTON, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved Julian Castro to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Senate approved the nomination by 71 to 26, after President Barack Obama nominated him in May.
"I applaud the bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Julian Castro as our next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development," said Obama in a statement after the approval.
"Julian is proven leader, a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods. I know that together with the dedicated professionals at HUD, Julian will help build on the progress we've made battling back from the Great Recession," said Obama.
Castro, 39, a rising political star, was a mayor for San Antonio, Texas. He would serve on Obama's Cabinet for the rest of the president's term which ends in January 2017.