Alberto Gonzales served as the 80th Attorney General of the United States and the first Hispanic to lead the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Texas Tech University. Gonzales was born in Texas one of eight children, and lived in the house built by his father and uncles. Gonzales served in the United States Air Force, attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, and is a graduate of Rice University – the first member of his family to graduate from college.
After receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School, Gonzales joined the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in Houston where he became a partner. In 1994, he became general counsel to then-Texas Governor George W. Bush, rising to become Secretary of State of Texas in 1997 and a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court in 1999.