Charlie Gonzalez was elected county judge in 1984 and district judge in 1988.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 1998, defeating Republican James Walker, in the race to succeed Gonzalez' father, Henry, who retired after 37 years in Congress.
He was re-elected in 2000 with 88 percent of the vote. In 2002, he was re-elected without major opposition.
He drew a Republican challenger for the 2004 general election. His ex-wife Becky Whetstone attempted to run as independent. The two were married in 1998 and divorced in 2002.