Erica Lira Castro
Erica Lira Castro is the proud wife of politician, Julian Castro -who is currently running for president of the United States as a Democratic candidate.
Erica’s husband previously served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017; and was also Mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014.
Born Julian Castro on September 16, 1974; the Texas native is the son of Chicana activist and educator, Rosie Castro. His twin brother, is Congressman Joaquin Castro.
Castro attended Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, where he played football, basketball and tennis. He received an offer to play tennis at Trinity University, but chose to attend Stanford instead. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from Stanford University and J.D., from Harvard Law School.
As mayor of San Antonio, Castro directed the city’s public utility to commit to 20% renewable energy by 2020.
During his tenure at the HUD Department, Castro launched ConnectHome, which boosted broadband and electronics to children homes across the United States.
He and wife Erica have been married for over a decade. Erica Lira and Julian Castro met in 1999 as college students. She became Mrs. Castro in 2007, since then the couple has welcomed two children. Erica Lira Castro gave birth to daughter Carina in 2009. They are also proud parents to a son, Cristian born in 2014.
Erica Lira Castro is a former school teacher. Erica who hails from Texas, grew up in San Antonio. She was born to a mechanic father and secretary mother. Erica attended Harlandale High School and University of Texas at San Antonio majoring in English.
Lira Castro was the first person in her family to graduate from college, according to her bio on the U.S. Department of Education website. Following her graduation from University she taught math in San Antonio for over a decade. Nowadays, the political spouse and mother of two works as an education consultant, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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