Neurosurgeon and now politician Ben Carson has officially taken the role of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development after the senate voted 58-41 on Thursday morning.
Unlike the many other chosen cabinet members, Carson had little pushback from Democrats. This comes as a shock to many since the well-known doctor has no experience running a governmental branch and will now be in charge of a $47 billion budget program.
While experience is useful, Mr. Carson has something most previous secretaries haven’t had. He has hands-on experience growing up in the housing assistance programs, using food stamps with his family, and seeing what worked and what didn’t.
Carson worked his way from the bottom to the top. His mother forced him to read because she wanted to give him an opportunity she never had. He eventually grew in scholastics and gained a scholarship to Yale University. At age 33, he became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Carson then went on to author books and support scholarships for young and impoverished students.
Mr. Carson is currently known for his attempt at the Republican presidential nomination.
While Mr. Carson himself grew up using many of the government assistance programs, he believes that the government should be doing less not more for the cities he will work with. As of his confirmation hearing, nothing has been said as to what changes he will be making but did mention some information about Trump. According to the New York Times, “[Carson] would not commit definitively to avoiding directing tax dollars to Trump businesses.”
credit: New York Times