Alberto Gonzales

Born Aug 4, 1955

Alberto R. Gonzales was the 80th, and the first Hispanic United States Attorney General, appointed in February 2005 by President George W. Bush, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic in executive government to date. Prior to his elevation, he was the first Hispanic White House General Counsel, and earlier he had been Bush's General Counsel during his governorship of Texas.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on August 4, 1955.


1973 17 Years Old An honors student at MacArthur High School in unincorporated Harris County, Gonzales enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1973, for a four-year term of enlistment. … Read More


1979 23 Years Old He went on to be selected as the Charles Parkhill Scholar of Political Science and he earned a bachelor's degree with honors in political science in 1979.
1982 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He then earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1982.
1985 29 Years Old Gonzales has been married twice: he and his first wife, Diane Clemens, divorced in 1985; he and his second wife, Rebecca Turner Gonzales, have three sons.


1989 33 Years Old …  Gonzales has received numerous professional honors, including the President's Award in 1989 from the Houston Bar Association, and the Hispanic Salute Award in 1989 from the Houston Metro Ford Dealers and Ford Division, Ford Motor Company for his work in the field of education.
1992 36 Years Old He was recognized as the Woodrow Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston in 1992 by the Houston Young Lawyers Association and as the Outstanding Young lawyer of Texas in 1992 by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
1993 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In addition to his political and legal career, Gonzales was active in the community. He was a board director of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast from 1993 to 1994, and President of Leadership Houston during this same period.
1994 38 Years Old He was recognized as one of the Five Outstanding Young Houstonians in 1994 by the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce, and as one of the Five Outstanding Young Texans in 1994 by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce, and in 1999 was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute based upon his contributions to the law.


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Based on his record of accomplishments, Gonzales was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University in 2002 by the Association of Rice Alumni and was honored the same year by the Harvard Law School Association with its Harvard Law School Association Award.
He received President's Awards in 2003 from both the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the League of United Latin American Citizens.
In 2004, Gonzales was honored with the Exemplary Leader Award by the Houston American Leadership Forum.
In 2005, he was honored with the Hector Barreto, Sr. Award by the Latino Coalition and with a President's Award by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


While born in San Antonio, Gonzales is considered a native son of Houston. On May 20, 2006, Houston Mayor Bill White proclaimed "Alberto R. Gonzales Day" in Houston for his contributions to the betterment of the City of Houston.
In 2007, as he left government service, he was honored with the Director's Award from the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Gonzales was featured in the 2008 Academy Award-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side.
On January 21, 2009 (his first day in office), President Barack Obama revoked Executive Order 13233 by issuing, with wording largely matching Reagan's Executive Order 12667.
2011 55 Years Old In October 2011, Belmont University College of Law announced that Gonzales would fill the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law. … Read More


2016 60 Years Old He was ranked one of "Newsmax's 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans" in 2016. … Read More
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