Dr. Ben Carson grew up poor in Detroit and knows first hand what poor people need. His firsthand experience and knowledge should be invaluable in this new role as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been confirmed as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a 58-41 Senate vote.

Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve the nomination — mostly Democrats who are up for re-election next year and represent states that voted for President Trump, NPR’s Arnie Seipel reports.

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who received blowback from liberals for voting for Carson in committee, voted against his nomination today,” Arnie says.

Carson was a controversial nominee to lead HUD because of his lack of experience in either housing or development — or government in general.

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