The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Kenneth J. Gonzales to become New Mexico’s next U.S. attorney.
Gonzales, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque since 1999, will now have his nomination reviewed by the entire Senate.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gonzales will take over for Greg Fouratt, who was appointed by local federal judges after David Iglesias was fired by the George W. Bush administration in a controversial 2007 purging of federal prosecutors.
Gonzales has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Mexico since 1999. He has served as a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force unit, and in the Violent Crimes, Narcotics and Criminal Immigration units.
Gonzales comes highly recommended by New Mexico’s U.S. senators.
“Ken Gonzales’ lengthy experience and strong dedication to public service makes him an ideal candidate to be New Mexico’s next U.S. Attorney,” Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Thursday.
“Ken Gonzales’ legal expertise and long record of statewide public service – including more than a decade as Assistant U.S. Attorney – make him extremely qualified for the job,” said Sen. Tom Udall. “He will make an excellent U.S. Attorney,”