Dr. Ben Carson Appointed Secretary of Department of Housing By Trump
World renowned neurosurgeon and 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has been appointed as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Dr. Carson’s appointment was confirmed on Thursday after a 58-41 vote mostly along party lines.
Carson will now head an agency of about 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion.
The United States’ Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees billions of dollars in housing assistance to low-income people.
Carson’s office also enforces fair housing laws and offers mortgage insurance to poorer Americans.
President Donald Trump’s choice to pick Carson to head the department was met with severe criticism from Democrats.
But Carson’s promise to work with members on both sides of the aisle to address the nation’s top housing issues was enough to win some Democratic support.
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In his address, Carson promised to surround himself with experts and go on a “listening tour” to hear from employees of the Housing and Urban Development across the country.
Dr. Carson gained national and global prominence in 1987 for his role in helping to separate infant conjoined twins.
His inspiring life story, rising from poverty to become one of the nation’s top surgeons, was made into a movie and became a central theme of his presidential run.
Carson has no government or housing-related policy experience.
Despite that, his nomination cleared a Senate committee in January on a unanimous vote.
Carson grew up in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education.
Democrats welcomed Carson’s promises to address homelessness, lead hazards in housing, and other issues.