Kenneth John Gonzales

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Kenneth John Gonzales
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   89-0
Active:   6/17/2013
Preceded by:   Bruce Black
Personal History
Born:   1964
Hometown:   Espanola, NM
Undergraduate:   University of New Mexico, B.A., 1988
Law School:   U. of New Mexico Law, J.D., 1994
Military service:   U. S. Army Reserve 2001-Current

Kenneth John Gonzales is a judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. He joined the court in 2013 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. At the time of nomination, he was a United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.[1][2]

Early life and education

Gonzales attended University of New Mexico, earning his B.A. in 1988. He went on to earn his J.D. in 1994 from University of New Mexico School of Law.[3]

Military service

Gonzales was commissioned with the United States Army Reserve in 2001. He is currently a Major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.[3]

Professional career

  • 2010-2013: United States Attorney, District of New Mexico
  • 1999-2010: Assistant United States Attorney, District of New Mexico
  • 1996-1999: Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Jeff Bingaman
  • 1994-1996: Clerk, Honorable Joseph Baca, New Mexico Supreme Court[3]

Judicial career

District of New Mexico

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Kenneth John Gonzales
 Court:District of New Mexico
 Progress:Confirmed 214 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:November 15, 2012
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:February 13, 2013
ApprovedAReported:April 11, 2013 
ApprovedAConfirmed:June 17, 2013
 Vote: 89-0

Gonzales was appointed on November 15, 2012 by Barack Obama to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico vacated by Bruce Black.[1] Obama commented on the nomination:

These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. They also represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. Too many of our courtrooms stand empty. I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans.[3][4]

Gonzales was rated Unanimously Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 13, 2013 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.[5]

On June 17, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Kenneth John Gonzales to an Article III post for the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico with a vote of 89-0.[6][7]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Bruce Black
District of New Mexico
Seat #4
Succeeded by:

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