SAN ANTONIO -- Sources tell KENS 5 that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is being considered for a cabinet post in President Barack Obama's administration.
President Obama intends to choose Mayor Castro as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, according to KENS 5 sources and multiple media reports.
KENS 5 sources said Saturday afternoon that Castro plans to accept the nomination. The mayor's office had no comment. There was no immediate word about when a nomination could be announced.
Presidential nominees for cabinet-level positions must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The move is reportedly part of a cabinet shuffle. Current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan would slide over to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget, USA Today reported. Obama has nominated former OMB chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over as secretary of Health and Human Services. Kathleen Sebelius left that post last month in the
White House spokesman Eric Schultz declined Saturday to provide any information about the reported Cabinet shuffle.
"We have no personnel announcements at this time," he said.
Castro, 39, is in his third term as mayor and has been widely rumored as a candidate for higher office. He is considered an up-and-coming star in the Democratic Party, and his speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention only served to burnish his reputation.
Castro could become the second San Antonio mayor to later serve as HUD secretary. Henry Cisneros, who was mayor from 1981 to 1989, served in President Clinton's cabinet from 1993 to 1997.