Gonzalo P. Curiel

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Gonzalo Curiel
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 1, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Thomas Whelan
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 60–61)
East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
Alma mater Indiana University, Bloomington

Gonzalo Paul Curiel (born 1953) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Biography[edit]

Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Curiel received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in 1976. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law in 1979. He served in private practice, first at James, James & Manning from 1979 to 1986 and then at Barbosa & Vera from 1986 to 1989. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California from 1989 to 2002 and in the Central District of California from 2002 to 2006. While in the Southern District, he served as Chief of the Narcotics Enforcement Division from 1999 to 2002, having previously served as Deputy Chief. Curiel was appointed Judge of the Superior Court of San Diego in 2007, which is the position he held until his elevation to the federal bench.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On November 10, 2011, President Obama nominated Curiel to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.[2] He would replace Judge Thomas J. Whelan, who has taken senior status. He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 28, 2012 and his nomination was reported to the floor on April 26, 2012, by voice vote.[3]

In the early hours of September 22, 2012, on what was officially still the legislative day of September 21, the Senate confirmed Curiel in a voice vote.[4] He received his commission on October 1, 2012.[5]

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Whelan
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
2012–present
Incumbent