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Alum Damon Martinez (’92) Sworn In as New Mexico’s Newest US Attorney

Damon Martinez

On May 27, 2014, UNM Law School alumnus Damon P. Martinez (‘92) was sworn in as the 45th United States Attorney for New Mexico.

Martinez serves as the top federal law enforcement official in New Mexico and represents the United States’ interests in civil cases. He currently serves on the Border and Immigration Subcommittee, the Native American Issues Subcommittee, and the Environmental Issues Working Group of the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

“It has been my privilege to work as a public servant for my entire career. This appointment will allow me the opportunity to serve our community in a new capacity. I look forward to continuing to work with the many talented attorneys and hard-working staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as our federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners.”

Martinez was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 21, 2014 by a voice vote. He had worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2000, and until recently, supervised the Organized Crime and Gangs Section. As a federal prosecutor, his experience focused on complex drug cases, immigration cases, and national security and anti-terrorism matters.

New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich recommended Martinez for the position in a letter sent to President Barack Obama in April 2013.

“Damon Martinez’s long record of public service to the people of New Mexico has more than prepared him to serve as the state’s U.S. attorney,” Heinrich said in a statement.

Udall said Martinez’s distinguished career in law enforcement will serve him well as U.S. attorney.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Martinez served as an assistant state attorney general.

Kenneth John Gonzales, also an alumnus of the UNM School of Law (‘94), served as New Mexico’s top federal law enforcement officer from April 2010 through August 2013, when he resigned to become a federal district court judge.