New Democratic Rep. JoaquÃn Castro and his twin brother, Julián, have been playing political leapfrog. Julián ran for a seat on San Antonio's City Council in 2001. The next year, JoaquÃn — who is younger by about a minute — beat a sitting legislator in a primary and won a seat in the Texas House representing their boyhood neighborhood. Julián next vaulted forward by winning San Antonio's mayoral race in 2009, and in 2012; JoaquÃn became the favorite to win his race in a heavily Democratic congressional district and take the family's political act to Washington.
Politics is in their family's blood. Their mother, Rosie Castro, was a noted Latina activist in the 1960s and 1970s, and she instilled a belief in civil rights and equality of opportunity in her sons."We grew up believing that when government works right, it can help people," JoaquÃn Castro said in an interview.
Julián Castro has detailed one way he thinks government had aided the brothers: He says affirmative action helped them get into Stanford University, where both earned degrees in political science. After graduating in 1996, both went on to Harvard Law School and then returned to San Antonio to work for an international law firm and launch their local political careers.