Julián Castro is going to Washington. President Barack Obama will make it official Friday afternoon, when he will announce his intent to nominate Castro to be the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan taking over at the Office of Management and Budget.
Castro has already been seen as a potential national player in Democratic politics, getting tapped by Obama as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention , although the housing post hasn't generally been a stepping stone to greatness. He will add another Latino to the president's Cabinet, joining Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. Like Obama, he has a Harvard law degree.