Alberto R. Gonzales

1994-1997 Alberto R. Gonzales (born August 4, 1955) was General Counsel of Texas Governor George W. Bush.

Dec. 2, 1997- Jan 10, 1999 Alberto R. Gonzales became Secretary of State of Texas, Senior Adviser to then Governor George W. Bush, and lead liaison on Mexico and border issues.

1999 Alberto R. Gonzales was appointed to serve as a Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

January 2001 Alberto R. Gonzales was commissioned as White House Counsel to President George W. Bush

Alberto R. Gonzales was the 80th United States Attorney General, appointed in February 2005 by President George W. Bush, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic-American in the Executive Branch government to date

Gonzales's tenure as U.S. Attorney General was marked by controversy regarding warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens and the legal authorization of so-called "Enhanced interrogation techniques" (i.e., much later, generally-acknowledged as constituting torture), in the U.S. government's post-9/11 "war on terrorism". Following bipartisan calls for his removal, Gonzales resigned from the office "in the best interests of the department," on August 27, 2007, effective September 17, 2007. Democrats were particularly opposed to Gonzales presiding over the firings of several U.S. Attorneys who had refused back-channeled White House directives to prosecute political enemies — allegedly causing the office of Attorney General to become improperly politicized.

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