Kenneth John Gonzales
|Kenneth John Gonzales|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico|
August 9, 2013
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Bruce D. Black|
|United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico|
April 30, 2010 – August 9, 2013
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Gregory J. Fouratt|
|Succeeded by||Damon P. Martinez|
|Born||Kenneth John Gonzales
1964 (age 52–53)
Española, New Mexico
|Education||University of New Mexico B.A.
University of New Mexico School of Law J.D.
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||2001 – current|
|Unit||Judge Advocate General's Corps|
Kenneth John Gonzales (born 1964) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico and former United States Attorney of the same district.
Gonzales received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 from the University of New Mexico. He received his Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Joseph Baca of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 1994 to 1996. He served as a legislative assistant for United States Senator Jeff Bingaman from 1996 to 1999. From 1999 to 2010, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. In 2001 he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserve and presently holds the rank of major in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School. From 2010 to 2013, he served as United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
Federal judicial service
On November 14, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Gonzales to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, to the seat vacated by Judge Bruce D. Black who took senior status on October 1, 2012. On January 2, 2013, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the adjournment sine die of the Senate. On January 3, 2013, he was renominated to the same office. His nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 11, 2013, by voice vote. On June 17, 2013, the Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 89 ayes to 0 nays. He received his commission on August 9, 2013 and took the Judicial Oath the same day. He commenced judicial duties on August 12, 2013. He will maintain chambers in Las Cruces.
- "President Obama Nominates Seven to the United States District Courts". 14 November 2012.
- "Gonzales, Kenneth John - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "President Obama Re-nominates Thirty-Three to Federal Judgeships". 3 January 2013.
- Writer, Scott Sandlin. "Updated: U.S. attorney moves to federal judgeship in Las Cruces". www.abqjournal.com.
Bruce D. Black
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico