Kenneth John Gonzales
|Kenneth John Gonzales|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of New Mexico|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by:||Bruce Black|
|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.
Early life and education
Gonzales was commissioned with the United States Army Reserve in 2001. He is currently a Major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
- 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
District of New Mexico
|Candidate:||Kenneth John Gonzales|
|Court:||District of New Mexico|
|Progress:||Confirmed 214 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||November 15, 2012|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Qualified|
|Hearing:||February 13, 2013|
|Reported:||April 11, 2013|
|Confirmed:||June 17, 2013|
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. 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.||”|
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.
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.
- "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate" 11/14/2012
- Official FJC Bio of Judge Gonzales
- "President Obama Nominates Seven to the United States District Courts" 11/14/2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- 113th Congress Nomination Materials
- 113th Congress Confirmations
- United States Periodic Press Gallery
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of New Mexico
|Magistrate judges||Lorenzo Garcia • Carmen Garza • Lourdes Martinez • Karen Molzen • Robert Scott • Alan Torgerson • William P. Lynch • Gregory Wormuth • Stephan Vidmar •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|