The Honorable Joaquin Castro, U.S. representative for the 20th congressional district of Texas, visited the Baker Institute for an important discussion on the role of the United States in Latin America. Castro delivered brief remarks, then participated in a conversation with Baker Institute Mexico Center director Tony Payan and answered questions from the audience. This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Mexico Center and Latin America Initiative.
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The Honorable Joaquin Castro is the U.S. representative for Texas’ 20th Congressional District, which covers a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. Now in his third term in the House of Representatives, Castro serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a member of the House Democratic leadership as chief deputy whip, and was co-president of the House freshman Democrats in 2013. Castro previously served in the Texas Legislature, winning his first election in 2002 at age 28. He was a five-term state representative for District 125 before his election to Congress in 2012. Castro has also taught as a visiting professor of law at St. Mary’s University and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University. He serves on the board of directors for several education-related, nonprofit organizations, including the National College Advising Corps and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ (NALEO) Educational Fund. Castro graduated with honors from Stanford University and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.