South Bay judge nominated by Biden to be top fed prosecutor in Guam

Santa Clara County Judge Johnny Gogo has been nominated by President Biden to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Guam, potentially setting up a notable homecoming for the native of the Pacific island territory.

Johnny Cepeda Gogo, a Santa Clara County judge and former South Bay prosecutor, has been nominated by President Biden to serve as the U.S. Attorney for Guam. (California Governor’s Office) 

The White House named Gogo, 55, earlier this month as part its latest round of judicial and law-enforcement nominees. He awaits confirmation by the U.S. Senate, for which a vote has yet to be scheduled.

Gogo, whose name had previously been floated for the position, welcomed the news in a brief statement to this news organization.

“I’m humbled and honored to be nominated and look forward to the confirmation process,” he said.

Gogo has served as a county judge since 2019, when he was tapped by Gov. Gavin Newsom to replace retiring Judge Hector Ramon. Before that, he spent about two decades at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, where he was known well for his work as a community-based prosecutor, in which he bridged immigrant communities and the court system and sought to intervene in serial truancy cases.