Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr.
Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr., was appointed Acting United States Attorney on February 26, 2017, pursuant to the Vacancy Reform Act. Mr. Gonzalez joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho in March of 1995, and was serving as its First Assistant United States Attorney at the time of his appointment. Before that, he served as the District’s Criminal Chief from 2005 - 2010. As an Assistant United States Attorney for more than 25 years, Mr. Gonzalez prosecuted violent crimes and drug trafficking, immigration offenses, and other general and regulatory crimes. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in Idaho, Mr. Gonzalez was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan, and before that, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Detroit, Michigan, where he began his legal career in 1987.
In June 2008, Mr. Gonzalez was appointed to a two-year term on the Criminal Chief’s Working Group of the Department of Justice. In 1998, he was presented with a Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Gonzalez also serves as vice president for the Idaho chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Mr. Gonzalez was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in international relations in 1983 and from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, with a J.D. in 1987. Mr. Gonzalez is married and has two grown children.