Kenneth J. Gonzales
On April 30, 2010, President Obama signed the Commission of Kenneth J. Gonzales as United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico; Gonzales was sworn into office on May 3, 2010. As U.S. Attorney, Gonzales serves as the top federal law enforcement officer in New Mexico and represents the United States’ interests in civil cases. Gonzales serves on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s Native American Issues Subcommittee, Southwest Border & Immigration Subcommittee, for which he serves as co-chair, Marijuana Enforcement Working Group, the Environmental and National Resources Working Group, the Controlled Substances/Asset Forfeiture Working Group, and the Resource Allocation Working Group.
Gonzales, a native New Mexican, received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk to New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Joseph F. Baca and then joined Senator Jeff Bingaman’s Office as a legislative assistant. In 1999, Gonzales began his career as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of New Mexico, during which he prosecuted a wide range of federal offenses.
Gonzales has served in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps since 2001, and currently holds the rank of Major. He is assigned to The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School where he is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law. He is a member of the New Mexico Bar Association.