Palm Beach Gardens man Ben Carson confirmed as HUD secretary

Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson, shown here in March 2016 with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, was confirmed this morning as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. (Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Daily News)

Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson, shown here in March 2016 with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, was confirmed this morning as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. (Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Daily News)

Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson, the world-renowned neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this morning as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Sen. Bill Nelson votes against Floridian Ben Carson for HUD secretary.

Sen. Bill Nelson votes against Floridian Ben Carson for HUD secretary.

The vote was 58-41, with Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in favor and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson opposed.

 

Carson dropped his presidential bid in March 2016 and endorsed Donald Trump, becoming a key Trump ambassador to conservative Christians skeptical of the twice-divorced billionaire.

 

Carson will supervise 8,000 employees and a budget of about $47 billion. HUD provides billions of dollars in housing assistance to low-income people through vouchers and public housing. It also enforces fair housing laws and offers mortgage insurance to poorer Americans through the Federal Housing Administration.

 

President Donald Trump has tapped four Floridians for Cabinet-level posts. Clockwise from top left: Ben Carson (HUD), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Robert Lighthizer (U.S. Trade Rep), Alex Acosta (Labor).

President Donald Trump has tapped four Floridians for Cabinet-level posts. Clockwise from top left: Ben Carson (HUD), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Robert Lighthizer (U.S. Trade Rep), Alex Acosta (Labor).

Carson becomes the second Palm Beach County resident in part-time Palm Beacher Trump’s Cabinet.

 

Palm Beach resident Wilbur Ross was confirmed as Commerce secretary on Monday.

 

Trump has also tapped Florida International University law school dean Alex Acosta of Miami for Labor secretary and Palm Beach resident Robert Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative.

 

 

 

 

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