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What's at Stake in Trump's Pick to Lead HUD

The President-elect’s next steps on federal housing policy will have a profound effect on rural America and the inner city alike.
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Rumors about the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are not burning down the house. The names for the person President-elect Donald Trump will tap to lead HUD are not swirling as fast as the speculation about his potential picks to lead up State, Treasury, or Defense.

But a few names are buzzing. One is former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, whom President-elect Trump floated as a potential vice presidential candidate over the summer. Another is Pamela Patenaude, president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, an executive with more than 30 years’ experience working in housing policy.