Kenneth Gonzales (`94) Nominated as U.S. Attorney for New Mexico

Kenneth GonzalesKenneth Gonzales (`94) has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Attorney for New Mexico. He has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 1999, most recently as a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force unit.

He also serves in the Office of the Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army Reserve. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gonzales was a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and he clerked for Judge Joseph Baca of the state Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Pojoaque High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at UNM.

“President Obama could not have selected a more qualified, capable candidate for this important position. Ken has the experience required of a U.S. attorney, having served for the past 11 years as a career prosecutor working on cases involving organized crime, narcotics, anti-terrorism and other violent crimes,” Bingaman said.

“I applaud the president’s decision to nominate Kenneth Gonzales as the next U.S. Attorney for New Mexico,” Sen. Tom Udall (`77) said. “Ken Gonzales’ legal expertise and long record of statewide public service – including more than a decade as assistant U.S. Attorney – make him extremely qualified for the job.”

Gonzales now must be confirmed by the full Senate.