Openly Gay Judge Confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas
September 28, 2011 by Ty Cobb, Director, HRC Global
Last night, Texas Magistrate Judge Robert Pitman was confirmed to the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Judge Pitman was recommended to the White House by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX) in 2009. HRC issued a letter of support for Judge Pitman’s nomination on May 7, 2009, and advocated for his nomination since that time. While both Senators Cornyn and Hutchinson have solid anti-LGBT voting records, HRC commends the Texas senators for recognizing that employment decisions should be made based on merit not sexual orientation.
As one of four U.S. Attorneys in Texas, Judge Pitman will act as the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Western District of Texas, which includes Austin, San Antonio, and West Texas. Judge Pitman has a keen understanding of the law enforcement issues essential to the people living in the Western District of Texas, where he has served as a public servant for more than 16 years.
Currently, Judge Pitman serves as a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the District Court for the Western District of Texas – a post he has held for over five years. Prior to that, he served more than eleven years as an attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.
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