On November 21, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Damon P. Martinez to become the 45th U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico. Mr. Martinez’ nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 21, 2014, and he was sworn in on May 27, 2014. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Martinez serves as the top federal law enforcement official in New Mexico, and represents the United States’ interests in civil cases. He serves on the following subcommittees and working groups of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee: Vice Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee, Chair of the National Lab/Research University Working Group, and member of the Border and Immigration Subcommittee, the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee, and the Environmental Issues Working Group.
In 2000, Mr. Martinez began his career in the Las Cruces Branch Office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2001. Since transferring to the main office in Albuquerque in 2005, he has served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Supervisor of the Organized Crime and Gangs Section. As a federal prosecutor, his experience has focused on complex drug cases, immigration cases, and national security and anti-terrorism matters. From 1996 to 1998, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, he has served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in three Judicial Districts in the State of New Mexico.
He has worked in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 1993 and 1996, he worked as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Jeff Bingaman. In 1999, he worked as the Legislative Director for Congressman Tom Udall.
In 2002, Mr. Martinez joined the U.S. Army Reserve as a Judge Advocate. In 2008, he was mobilized to the Washington D.C. area where he worked on a special project that became the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command. In 2012, he was deployed to Sinai, Egypt, as part of the 1st Battalion of the 200th Infantry Regiment of the New Mexico National Guard in support of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. He served as the U.S. Battalion Judge Advocate during the Multinational Force and Observers 56 Mission. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the New Mexico National Guard.
A native of New Mexico, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and Political Science in 1989, a Juris Doctor in 1992, and a Master of Business Administration in 1993, all from the University of New Mexico. In 2012, he taught American Government as an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland, University College Europe, in Sinai, Egypt.