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President nominates new U.S. Attorney for N.M.

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Damon P. Martinez, head of the organized crime unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for N.M., has been nominated by President Barak Obama to head the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the district, according to a release from Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.

Martinez began his career as a federal prosecutor in the Las Cruces branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and transferred to Albuquerque in 2005. He also has served as an assistant attorney general for the State of New Mexico, according to the release, and held the positions of legislative director and legislative assistant for then-Congressman Udall and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, respectively.

Martinez is an Albuquerque native and graduate of St. Pius X High School. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He was also a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve until 2009, when he transferred to the New Mexico National Guard. Martinez currently holds the rank of Major.

 

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