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Carson Sworn in as HUD Secretary

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With his swearing-in ceremony completed, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson has officially become the leader of the nation’s housing agency.

On Thursday, Carson was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The neurosurgeon’s swearing in came just hours after the full Senate confirmed him as HUD secretary by a roll call vote of 58 to 41.

A statement from HUD indicated that among Carson’s first actions is a planned listening tour of select communities and HUD field offices across the country. The tour will begin in Detroit, his native city.

Carson was director of pediatric neurosurgery at the
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for nearly three decades He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School.

“I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people,” Carson said in the statement.  “Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing.

“I learned that it’s difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn’t have a proper place to live, and I’ve seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential.”

photo of Dr. Ben Carson sworn in as HUD secretary
HUD photo of Secretary Ben Carson

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