Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Alberto Gonzales, JD Biography

Title:
80th United States Attorney General
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“For more than two hundred years, many of our expressions of national identity and patriotism have referenced God. The Supreme Court, which opens each session by saying ‘God save the United States and this honorable Court,’ has affirmed time and again that such official acknowledgments of our Nation’s religious heritage, foundation, and character are constitutional. The Department of Justice will continue vigorously to defend the ability of American schoolchildren to pledge allegiance to the flag.”

Press Release, Sep. 15, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, 2005-2007
  • Counsel to President George W. Bush, 2001-2005
  • Inducted, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame, 2003
  • Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1999-2001
  • Latino Lawyer of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association, 1999
  • Texas Secretary of State, 1997-1999
  • Board of Trustees, Texas Bar Foundation, 1996-1999
  • Presidential Citation, State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • General Counsel, Governor George W. Bush, Texas, 1995-1997
  • Partner, Vinson & Elkins, LLP and Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, 1982-1995
  • Chair, Commission for District Decentralization, Houston Independent School District, 1994
  • Board of Directors, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, 1993-1994
  • Commitment to Leadership Award, United Way, 1993
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 1992
  • United States Air Force, 1975-1977
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1982
  • BA, Political Science, Rice University, 1979
  • United States Air Force Academy, 1977
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?