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CHICAGO The White House says President Barack Obama intends to nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will tap Shaun Donovan, the current housing secretary, to run the budget office.

Obama is expected to make a formal announcement at the White House on Friday. He is expected to be joined by Donovan and Castro.

Putting 39-year-old Castro in the Cabinet would raise the profile of the three-term mayor who's been discussed as a possible Democratic candidate for vice president in 2016.

If he is confirmed by the Senate, Castro would become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic officials in the administration.

Donovan has served as housing secretary since the start of Obama's presidency.
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