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Article III LGBT Judges by President

Under the Constitution, the president appoints federal judges with the “advice and consent” of the Senate. The President usually consults senators or other elected officials concerning candidates for vacancies on the federal courts. The President's power to appoint new federal judges is not the judiciary's only interaction with the executive branch.

Judge Court Commission Order of Appointment Status
LGBT/All
Art. III
Courts
Circuit Courts District Courts Female Judges
PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH 1989–1993
Vaughn R. Walker California (ND) 11/27/1989 1 1 - - Retired 2/28/11
 
PRESIDENT WILLIAM J. CLINTON 1993–2001
Deborah Batts New York (SD) 5/9/1994 2 2 - 1 Senior Status 4/13/12
 
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 2009–
James Paul Oetken New York (SD) 7/20/2011 3 3 - - Active
Alison Julie Nathan New York (SD) 10/17/2011 4 4 - 2 Active
Michael Walter Fitzgerald California (CD) 3/15/2012 5 5 - - Active
Pamela K. Chen New York (ED) 3/5/2013 6 6 - 3 Active
Michael Jerome McShane Oregon 5/30/2013 7 7 - - Active
Nitza I. Alejandro Pennsylvania (ED) 6/19/2013 8 8 - 4 Active
Todd Michael Hughes Federal Circuit 9/24/2013 9 - 1 - Active
Judith Ellen Levy Michigan (ED) 3/14/2014 10 9 - 5 Active
Darrin Phillip Gayles Florida (SD) 6/19/2014 11 10 - - Active
Staci Michelle Yandle Illinois (SD) 6/19/2014 12 11 - 6 Active

Legend

CD - Central District ED - Eastern District MD - Middle District ND - Northern District SD - Southern District
WD - Western District (+) Previously appointed to federal court * Reorganized as the Court of International Trade in 1980 ** Transferred to the Federal Circuit in 1982 *** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2015. To learn more about the federal courts go to www.fjc.gov.

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