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Gonzales, Alberto R. (Al)

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Born: 1955 AD
Currently alive, at 58 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

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1955 - Born in San Antonio, Texas on th 4th of August.

1973 - Gonzales enlisted in the United States Air Force, for a four year term of enlistment, serving two years at Fort Yukon, Alaska and two years as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy.

1979 - He transferred to Rice University (Houston, Texas), where he was a member of Lovett College and earned a bachelor's degree in political science.

1982 - He then earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School.

1993 - He was a board director of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and President of Leadership Houston during this same period.

1994 - Gonzales was an attorney in private practice with the Houston law firm Vinson and Elkins, where he became a partner.

         - Gonzales served as Chair of the Commission for District Decentralization of the Houston Independent School District, and as a member of the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions for Rice University.

         - He was chosen as one of Five Outstanding Young Texans by the Texas Jaycees.

         - He was named general counsel to then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

1996 - Gonzales helped Bush be excused from jury duty when he was called in Travis County drunk driving case.

1997 - Become Secretary of State of Texas.

1999 - Texas Supreme Court.
 
         - He was named Latino Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association.

2001 - The Executive Order 13233, drafted by Gonzales and issued by George W. Bush on November 1, 2001 shortly after the 11th of September  attacks, attempted to place limitations on the Freedom of Information Act by restricting access to the records of former presidents.

2006 - On the 3rd of June Gonzales, along with Deputy Director of the FBI John S. Pistole gave a high level press briefing involving the Miami bomb plot to attack the Sears Tower.

         - On the 14th of November, invoking universal jurisdiction, legal proceedings were started in Germany for his alleged involvement under the command responsibility of prisoner abuse by writing the controversial legal opinions.

2007 - On the 18th of January, Gonzales was invited to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he shocked the committee's ranking member, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, by stating that there was no guarantee to the right of Habeas Corpus in the United States Constitution.

         - A number of members of both houses of Congress have publicly said Gonzales should resign, or be fired by Bush. Calls for his ouster intensified after his testimony on the 19th of April.

         - On the 17th of May, leading Senate Democrats indicated they would seek a no-confidence vote. Such a vote has no legal effect, but may be influential towards persuading Gonzales to depart, or in persuading President Bush to seek a new attorney general. The New York Times reported that Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas said: “When you have to spend more time up here on Capitol Hill instead of running the Justice Department, maybe you ought to think about it





















 

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