President Barack Obama today nominated U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gonzales will replace U.S. District Court Chief Judge Bruce D. Black, who retired in October.
In a joint news release U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall expressed support.
“Ken Gonzales has been an outstanding U.S. Attorney and I believe he is an excellent candidate for U.S. District Court. His experience and temperament make him a great fit for the court,” Bingaman said. “I hope Ken’s confirmation process moves quickly in the new year so that he can be confirmed by the Senate in a timely manner.”
“Throughout his career and in his military service to our country, Ken Gonzales has demonstrated great reverence for the law,” said Udall. “His depth of knowledge and thoughtful approach will serve New Mexico well on the federal bench.”
Gonzales was one of five names Bingaman and Udall submitted to the White House for consideration after Black announced his retirement.
Gonzales is a graduate of Pojoaque High School. He also served as a judicial law clerk to a chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and was a legislative assistant to Bingaman.
Prior to his appointment to the U.S. attorney position in 2009, Gonzales worked more than 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in both the Las Cruces and Albuquerque offices. Gonzales also has been an adjunct professor in the U.S. Army Reserves. He also teaches criminal law at the Judge Advocate General Legal Center & School.