Miami-Dade Judge William Thomas could become the first openly gay black man to serve as a federal judge after being nominated by President Obama for the lifetime-tenured judiciary post.
The White House made the announcement on Nov. 14, BuzzFeed reports.
In a statement, Obama made reference to the diversity of Thomas and six other nominees.
“They ... represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves,” he said.
“These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. Too many of our courtrooms stand empty. I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans.”
If the Senate approves Thomas, he would be the second openly gay black judge after Judge Deborah Batts.
Thomas has served as Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge since 2005.
“We’re delighted in the president’s appointment of Judge Thomas, who we recommend as a patient and hard-working man of incredible character,” said Chuck Wolfe, CEO and president of the Victory Fund & Institute.
“We believe he’s made an excellent jurist in Florida and will make an excellent federal jurist.”