Joe Gonzales

Bexar County District Attorney

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Joe Gonzales is a third-generation Mexican-American from San Antonio who grew up speaking both English and Spanish at home. He saw the constant struggle of his mother to keep enough food on the table and provide basic school supplies for him and his siblings. He did not want to let her down, so Joe dedicated his life to getting an education and making her proud.

Joe Gonzales is running a bold progressive campaign for district attorney against an Islamophobic, anti-vaxxer, Trump-supporting incumbent named Nico LaHood - he’ll stand up to LaHood’s bullying and corruption, challenge structural racism in the criminal justice system, fight to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees, and bring new standards of ethics, accountability, and transparency to the office.

Because Joe came from a family of modest means, he put himself through college and law school by working odd jobs and part-time at McDonald’s. After graduating from law school, Joe began his legal career by practicing family law his first full year in practice. Joe then worked as a trial prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney’s office from 1990 to 1992, and then returned to work in that office from 1995 until 1998, where he prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases and tried well over 100 jury trials as an Assistant District Attorney.

In 1992, when Joe’s wife began her own law school journey, it required them to move to Houston, Texas. While in Houston, Joe continued to work as a public servant by serving as a Harris County Assistant Criminal District Attorney until they returned to San Antonio in 1995. While serving in Harris County, Joe gained valuable trial experience handling serious felonies and was promoted to court chief prosecutor in one of Harris County’s juvenile courts.

Upon leaving the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office in 1998, Joe opened his law practice, The Law Offices of Joe D. Gonzales, where he has continued to work as a criminal defense attorney for the last 22 years. Joe has also served as a Magistrate and Municipal Judge for the City of San Antonio for 7 years. All together, Joe has almost 30 years in practice of criminal law, having experienced both sides of the bar as well as a former member of the Judiciary.

Today, Joe advocates that every person should have equal rights and opportunities under the justice system. There is a genuine need in Bexar County to have qualified, progressive individuals giving back to their community by serving as public servants. Joe believes that by returning to public service as District Attorney, he will be able to serve the Bexar County community by implementing much needed institutional changes such as bail reform, a rehabilitative approach to nonviolent crime, and ensuring the return of ethical behavior by the D.A.’s Office by operating with the highest degree of transparency possible.

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