Gonzalez, who was also a former Ohio State standout, defeated two other Republican candidates in the primary for Ohio's 16th Congressional district, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
The 33-year-old Gonzalez garnered 53 percent of the vote to topple Ohio state senator Christina Hagan and physician Michael Grusenmeyer for a slot in the race for Rep. Jim Renacci's seat. He'll face Susan Moran Palmer in the 16th Congressional district race in November.
"Our goal has been to authentically represent our shared values while articulating our vision for the future of Northeast Ohio and our great country," Gonzalez said in a statement after his win. "As we look forward to the November election and a new challenge, we will continue to double down on this same strategy."
Gonzalez recorded 99 receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns in 40 career games since being selected with the 32nd overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. His playing career ended in 2011.