Representative Joaquin Castro
Democratic Member of the U.S. House representing Texas’ 20th Congressional District
Joaquin Castro is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing Texas’ 20th Congressional District. Castro began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he represented district 125 from 2003 to 2013. Castro won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 4, 2014, and defeated Jeffrey Blunt (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
He created the Trailblazers College Tour, personally raising money to send underprivileged students on college visits. He also created 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. 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.