Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate, faces a confirmation hearing Thursday and the likelihood of tough questions about his qualifications to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The choice of Carson, 65, by President-elect Donald Trump, has drawn criticism from Democrats upset about his lack of experience in government or in the housing field.
"Although you have many accomplishments in the medical field, there is relatively little in the public record that reveals how you would further HUD’s mission to ‘create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all,’ ” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote in a letter this week. Warren is a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, which will hold the hearing.