(WSPA) — Donald Trump has chosen former campaign rival Ben Carson to be housing secretary.
President-elect Trump announced Monday that he plans to nominate Carson to serve as Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“Dr. Carson is a distinguished national leader who overcame his troubled youth in the inner city of Detroit to become a renowned neurosurgeon who served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland,” according to a statement issued by Trump’s transition team.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up,” Trump is quoted in the statement.
Carson was born on September 18, 1951 in Detroit. His mother encourage Carson and his siblings academically and instilled in them a strong work ethic, according to the statement.
Carson graduated with honors from Southwestern High School and went on to earn a full scholarship to Yale University where he graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s in psychology.
“I am honored to accept the opportunity to serve our country in the Trump administration,” Carson said in the statement. “I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need. We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”