Nov 14, 2012 | | | 0 Comments

In order to welcome the young stars of the Democratic Party to Washington, YDA is producing a series of profiles on these political hotshots. Read on to meet Joaquin Castro, Representative of Texas’ 20th District. A proven leader in his hometown of San Antonio, Joaquin is certainly a name to watch on the national political scene.

Born in San Antonio, Joaquin was exposed to public engagement at an early age by his schoolteacher father and his mother, a community activist. He has excelled in school throughout his life, graduating from San Antonio public schools before attending Stanford University. He graduated with honors in 1996 and went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Upon returning to San Antonio, the residents of Texas’ District 125 elected Joaquin their Representative in the Texas Legislature. He has served five terms as a Representative, during which time he has proven himself an effective leader as the Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and the Democratic Floor Leader. He also sits on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee. While in office, Joaquin has served his constituents by fighting for legislation on mental health, teen pregnancy, juvenile justice, and workforce development, among other issues. He has worked with representatives from both major political parties to ensure that important education and health care programs receive the funds they desperately need.

Joaquin has also greatly impacted his community through his work in the non-profit and private sectors. Joaquin founded the Trailblazers College Tour, a group committed to funding college tours for underprivileged teens, as well as SA Reads, San Antonio’s largest literacy and book-donation campaign. In the private sector, Joaquin owns a law practice with his twin brother, Julian. He has influenced San Antonio higher education, as well, through teaching positions at St. Mary’s University and Trinity University. He sits on the board of several non-profit groups dedicated to higher education.

Joaquin’s status as a rising political star has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. He has served as a delegate to international conferences for young leaders in Switzerland, Germany, and Argentina. Joaquin’s leadership within his community has garnered many awards.

As a member of the 113th Congress of the United States, Joaquin promises to fight for an Infrastructure of Opportunity, consisting of strong public schools, a dynamic university system, and comprehensive health care for American citizens. YDA applauds the work that Joaquin has done to improve his community, and eagerly anticipates his leadership in Washington, D.C.