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Julian Castro, nominee to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is sworn in before a Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this June 17, 2014 file photo. The U.S. Senate on July 9, 2014 confirmed Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, placing the San Antonio, Texas mayor at the top of the agency in charge of housing at a time when the sector is recovering sluggishly. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Files

U.S. Senate confirms Julian Castro as housing secretary

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, placing the San Antonio, Texas mayor at the top of the agency in charge of housing during a sluggish recovery in the sector.

Castro, a Democrat who was nominated by President Barack Obama, was confirmed on a roll call vote of 71 to 26 in the Democratic-led Senate. The 26 senators opposed to his nomination were Republicans.

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