Former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Housing and Urban Development Secretary, will have his confirmation hearing today at 10AM ET in front of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Carson turned down Trump’s request to leads the Human and Health Services, but accepted the HUD nomination. He often fought with Trump in the primary and even said he would never work in Trump’s administration. Trump chose Carson for “his ‘brilliant mind’ and passion about ‘strengthening communities and families within those communities.'” Carson has said:

“I grew up in the inner city and have spent a lot of time there, and have dealt with a lot of patients from that area and recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities,” he said.

The hearing has ended at 12:33PM ET. Honestly, I doubt Carson will have any problem with confirmation. Everyone liked him and he did so well.

Sen. Tester asked Carson about having a 30 year mortgage without a government guarantee. Carson said yes, with the private sector.

Rubio praises Carson’s giving personality and thinks he’s a great choice to lead HUD.

Sen. Marco Rubio is now introducing Carson.

Sen. Sherrod Brown praised Carson, but also noted that Carson has commented about cutting government programs. Brown said these could be harmful. Brown also said that Trump’s plans have nothing in it aimed at Carson’s proposed department.

Sen. Mike Crapo introduced Carson, noting that he grew up with a single mom in an impoverished part of Detroit. He worked hard, attended Yale and University of Michigan Medical School.