The states two senators reacted:
"Ken Gonzales has all the right qualifications for this very important position and I commend President Obama for nominating him. I’m very pleased that the Senate acted quickly – and unanimously -- to approve Ken and I wish him well in his new job," Sen Jeff Bingaman said.
"Throughout his career, Ken Gonzales has shown a commitment to the people of New Mexico and the pursuit of justice,” Sen. Tom Udall said. "His legal expertise and decade of statewide service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney have prepared him well to lead this important office. I congratulate Ken on his unanimous confirmation by the Senate and wish him great success serving as New Mexico's U.S. Attorney.”
Gonzales is a graduate of Pojoaque High School. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico.
He's a career prosecutor who worked for the U.S. Attorney’s New Mexico offices in Las Cruces and Albuquerque since 1999. Previously, Gonzales served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Justice Joseph Baca of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and was a legislative assistant to Bingaman on criminal justice, Indian affairs and other issues.
Gonzales also worked as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army.