Rising Star Julian Castro Being Vetted for Clinton Vice Presidential Pick

Castro would be the first Hispanic candidate on a presidential ticket.

As mayor of San Antonio, Castro led a successful effort to expand prekindergarten in the city. He was tapped by President Obama in 2014 to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“At every challenge that has faced Julian Castro, he has knocked it out of the park,” said Christian Archer, a Texas-based Democratic strategist who worked with Castro in San Antonio.

But his supporters say the telegenic housing secretary could help broaden Clinton’s appeal.

The inclusion of Castro on the list of potential vice presidential candidates is not unexpected. The Associated Press first reported on June 21 that he was being vetted by the Clinton campaign, along with Warren and Kaine.

As the Clinton campaign reviews his professional and personal records, Castro has continued to play coy.

At the Texas Democratic Convention last month, he told reporters he was not being vetted and downplayed the likelihood of his nomination.

Castro endorsed Clinton last October and campaigned with her around the country through the primary season.

"I am going to really look hard at him for anything because that’s how good he is,” Clinton said of Castro at a round-table in Texas shortly after his endorsement of her.

The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment.