On Tuesday, with the nomination of the sheriff back to the White House from the Senate, the Biden administration once again submitted Gonzalez for consideration to lead a key immigration enforcement role within the US Department of Homeland Security.
Gonzalez is among dozens of Biden nominations for various roles that have been sent to the Senate, without taking action to confirm the sheriff.
Editor’s Note: The video above is from a July 2021 report of a Senate committee hearing on Ed Gonzalez’s nomination.
Without action, the split Senate ended 2021 with the nomination expiring and sent back to the White House.
After Biden first announced Gonzalez for the ICE role last April, the sheriff faced a hearing in July before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
That 14-member panel approved Gonzalez’s nomination to be voted on in the broader Senate.
Gonzalez, a lifelong Houstonian, was re-elected for a second term as sheriff in 2020. He was first elected to the position in November 2016.
Gonzalez began his law enforcement career as a civilian employee in the Houston Police Department, where he later became a police officer and rose to the rank of sergeant. He serves on the elite hostage negotiation team and is assigned to the Homicide Division as an investigator.
After 18 years of serving HPD, Gonzalez retired in 2009 to serve three terms on the Houston City Council representing County H.
He was elected by his peers in 2010 to serve as Deputy Mayor of Pro-Tem and was appointed Mayor of Pro-Tem in 2012 by then-Mayor Annise Parker.
Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree from St. Thomas.
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