Congressman-elect Joaquin Castro expects immigration reform, gun control to be key issues

Castro takes office in Washington on Jan. 3

Published On: Dec 20 2012 10:42:58 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2012 02:25:11 AM CST

When he takes office Jan. 3, Congressman-elect Joaquin Castro will have his legislative plate full. The fallout from the fiscal cliff talks and the gun control debate will face the freshman lawmaker.

But before he gets in the office, he has a lot of work to do.

“Hiring staff, having to find a place to live in Washington, all of those things are keeping me busy and I haven't gone Christmas shopping so I've got to go do that, too,” Castro said.

Priorities for 2013 have changed for the San Antonio Democrat, who held a seat in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years.

“Making sure we are past the fiscal cliff,” is one thing Castro said he expects to see once he’s on the job. “I think that the issue of gun safety and control will come up. And I believe that comprehensive immigration reform will come up. I see those two issues for the next congress will be on our plate right away.”

He says economic and military base protection are two jobs he inherits from his predecessor, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez.

Like his twin brother, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Joaquin Castro plans to focus on education.

“I will very much carry that over especially because that Elementary and Secondary Education Act, what is known as ‘No Child Left Behind’ has still not been reauthorized by the Congress,” said Castro.