Politics

Ben Carson in Line to Lead Housing Department

Former GOP presidential hopeful was considered for multiple roles

A spokesman for Ben Carson has confirmed that he has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump as his HUD secretary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:50 p.m. | Former Republican presidential hopeful and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is under consideration to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump administration, according to numerous media reports.

Armstrong Williams, a spokesman for Carson and a conservative media personality, on Wednesday disputed a Wall Street Journal story that said President-elect Donald Trump had offered to nominate Carson and that Carson had accepted. The Journal later corrected its story. 

The position requires Senate confirmation, with consideration coming through the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

Carson had initially signaled that he was not particularly interested in a cabinet post, but he posted on Facebook Wednesday that he had reconsidered. Multiple reports Tuesday evening indicated that Carson was being offered the HUD secretary position, something Carson essentially confirmed on Fox News.

 

“After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution, particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone,” Carson wrote on Facebook. “We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid.”

Trump had said Tuesday that he was “seriously considering” Carson, a favorite among conservatives, for housing secretary. The two men became close after Carson’s departure from the 2016 race.

Carson’s medical career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore spanned decades. At the age of 33, he became director of pediatric neurosurgery — the youngest doctor in the medical facility’s history to be in charge of a major division there, according to the hospital. He gained world recognition as the first surgeon to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head. Carson is a native of Detroit, and the president-elect visited Carson’s childhood neighborhood in early September while on the campaign trail.

Note: This story was updated to reflect the comments by Carson spokesman Williams made on Twitter and in a Reuters reportGet breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.