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President Obama’s Diverse Judicial Nominees

  • Women: Nearly 42 percent of President Obama’s confirmed nominees have been women. President Obama has increased the number of women on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th Federal Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts.
  • African American: 17 percent of President Obama’s confirmed nominees have been African-American.
  • Asian American: President Obama has more than doubled the number of Asian-Americans on the federal bench, including nominating the first women judges of Chinese, Filipino, Korean, South Asian and Vietnamese descent.
  • Latino: 12 percent of President Obama’s confirmed nominees have been Latinos
  • Native American: In 2012, Senate Republicans blocked Obama’s nomination of Arvo Mikkanen, a Native American nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He would have been the only active Native American federal judge.
  • LGBT: Obama has nominated nine openly gay candidates to the federal bench, six of which have been confirmed.

President Obama’s Diversity Firsts

  • First Latina to serve on the United States Supreme Court (Justice Sonia Sotomayor)
  • First female Asian-American Circuit Court judge (Jacqueline Nguyen on the 9th Circuit)
  • First Latino Circuit Court judges in three circuits (Albert Diaz on the 4th Circuit, Adalberto Jose Jordan on the 11th Circuit, and Jimmie V. Reyna on the Federal Circuit)
  • First openly gay man on a federal court (J. Paul Oetken)