CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will tap Shaun Donovan, his current housing chief, to run the budget office, a White House official said Thursday.
A formal announcement was expected Friday at the White House after Obama returns from an overnight trip to Chicago.
Obama was to be joined by Castro, a 39-year-old Democratic up-and-comer, and Donovan, who has served as housing secretary since the start of Obama’s presidency.
Obama chose Castro to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention two years ago.
If he is confirmed by the Senate, the three-term mayor would become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic officials serving the president. Castro has been talked about as a possible Democratic candidate for vice president in 2016.
Donovan would replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Obama recently nominated Burwell to become secretary of health and human services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius following the disastrous rollout of the federal website for consumers to sign up for insurance coverage under Obama’s health care law.
The White House official would speak only on condition of anonymity ahead of a pending personnel announcement.
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