Federal Housing Administration

Ben Carson confirmed to lead HUD

Ben Carson confirmed to lead HUD

Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a position that President Donald Trump has described as central to his effort to revitalize the nation's cities.

Carson, 65, who has no experience in government or housing policy, sailed to confirmation on a largely party-line vote Thursday morning and took the oath of office later in the day. Republicans have said the renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate will bring fresh perspective to a bureaucracy that helps millions of Americans pay the rent and has extensive reach in the mortgage market.