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Two Texans Are Obama for America National Co-Chairs


by: Michael Hurta

Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM CST


Earlier today, Obama for America released their list of 35 National Campaign Co-Chairs. Two are Texans. In fact, they both hail from San Antonio, too.

One's from the San Antonio old guard - Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, who will retire at the end of 2012. This is what the Obama campaign wrote about the representative:

Gonzalez is currently in his seventh and final term in the United States Congress as the U.S. Representative from the 20th Congressional District of Texas, which includes the City of San Antonio. In the 112th Congress, he serves on the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and House Administration.  He is the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is also a member of the New Democrats Coalition. He is one of eight children of the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez and Bertha Gonzalez.  His father served as United States Congressman representing the 20th District from 1961-1998.  He has one son, Leo Gonzalez.

Currently, State Representative Joaquin Castro is running to replace Gonzalez in Congress, but it's Joaquin's twin brother, Mayor Julian Castro, who gets a nod as an OFA Co-Chair:

Castro is the twice-elected mayor of San Antonio, serving since 2009, and is the youngest mayor among the largest cities in the U.S.  In 2010, he was named on TIME's "40 Under 40" list.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.  Prior to being elected mayor, Castro served as a San Antonio city councilman.

Despite the uphill battle for Democrats in Texas, its exciting and promising to see our Democrats so involved in reelecting the president and for the president's campaign, in turn, to take notice. Seeing Castro and Gonzalez each in this group also serves as a reminder for us that, despite our political struggles, we have great talent with experienced statesmen and rising stars. For Texas Democrats, this is a glimmer of hope.  

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