Joaquin (Joaquin) Castro (D-20)

US Representative Joaquin Castro

Joaquin (Joaquin) Castro (D-20)
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Capitol: 202.225.3236
FAX: 202.225.1915
District: 210.348.8216
Room 2241 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4320
727 East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78206-1217
Residence:San Antonio, TX

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairU.S.-Japan Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional My Brother's Keeper Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Co-ChairCongressional Pre-K Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact
Co-ChairHouse Congressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy
Co-ChairCongressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Common Ground Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Denmark
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Morocco Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Burn Pits Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research
FC MemberFriends of Switzerland
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
MemberHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Education and Labor
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Joaquin has worked hard to seize the opportunities created by the sacrifices of his grandmother and prior generations. After finishing high school a year early, Joaquin left San Antonio to graduate with honors from Stanford University in 1996. He then went on to attend Harvard Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2000. Upon his return to San Antonio at 28 years old, Joaquin joined a private law practice and was 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. Joaquin's identical twin brother, Julian Castro, was elected in 2013 to his third term as Mayor of San Antonio. On July 28, 2014, Julian Castro was sworn in as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Joaquin's respect for public service developed at a young age and was deeply influenced by his parents' involvement in political movements and civic causes. His father, a retired teacher, and his mother, a renowned community activist, instilled in him a deep appreciation for the democratic process and the importance of serving one's community. Despite a difficult political environment during his time as state legislator, Joaquin transcended partisan gridlock to help restore millions of dollars in funding to critical health care and education programs. As Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and Democratic Floor Leader in the Texas House, he was also at the forefront in proposing forward-thinking legislative reforms in the areas of mental health, teen pregnancy, and juvenile justice. Now in his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Joaquin serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. He was the 2013 Co-President for the House freshman Democrats and currently serves as Chair of the Texas Democratic Caucus. Outside of the legislative chamber, Joaquin has demonstrated a strong commitment to his community. He created the Trailblazers College Tour, personally raising money to send underprivileged students on college visits, giving them exposure to some of the nation's best institutions of higher education. He also founded SA READS, San Antonio's largest literacy campaign and book drive. Over 200,000 books have been distributed to more than 150 schools and shelters across the city. To honor and express gratitude to San Antonio grandparents and other family members raising relatives who aren't their children, Joaquin created the annual Families Helping Families dinner and awards. He has also taught as a visiting professor of law at St. Mary's University and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University. Joaquin is active on several boards of education-related, non-profit organizations, including the National College Advising Corps, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials' (NALEO) Taskforce on Education. Having experienced America's promise firsthand, Joaquin wants to help build out what he calls the Infrastructure of Opportunity so that future generations will have the same chance to pursue their American Dream. Joaquin believes that just as there is an infrastructure of transportation that helps us get to where we want to go on the road there is an Infrastructure of Opportunity that helps Americans get to where they want to go in life. It is that Infrastructure of Opportunity - great public schools and universities, a sound healthcare system, and good-paying jobs - that enables Americans to pursue their American Dream. Our centuries-long commitment to building and preserving this infrastructure is what distinguishes America among the nations of the world. As Congressman, Joaquin continues to be a tireless advocate for those who call San Antonio home. From supporting military families to investing in education, Joaquin remains committed to helping mold an Infrastructure of Opportunity for San Antonians and Americans around the country.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Anna Flores   DOB: 9/16/1974
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