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Texas Republican Senators Recommend, President Nominates Openly Gay Man as U.S. Attorney

Yesterday, the President nominated openly gay U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Pitman to serve as the 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 has advocated for his nomination since that time.

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.

Although Senators Hutchinson and Cornyn have not supported key LGBT legislation, we welcome their support for a well-qualified, openly gay appointee.  We look forward to their stewardship of this nomination through the Senate, and thank the President for his continued commitment to nominating diverse individuals for appointment in his Administration.

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