LGBT Article III Judges
Article III of the Constitution created the U.S. Supreme Court and gave Congress the power to create the federal courts of appeals and district courts. Since 1789, more than 3,427 judges have served on Article III courts. Currently, there are 11 openly LGBT judges.
Court of Appeals
The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.
|Todd Michael Hughes||Federal Circuit||9/24/2013||Active||Male|
The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.
There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.
|Michael Walter Fitzgerald||California (CD)||3/15/2012||Active||Male|
|Vaughn R. Walker||California (ND)||11/27/1989||Terminated/Retired|
|Darrin Phillip Gayles||Florida (SD)||6/19/2014||Active||Male|
|Staci Michelle Yandle||Illinois (SD)||6/19/2014||Active||Female|
|Judith Ellen Levy||Michigan (ED)||3/14/2014||Active||Female|
|Pamela K. Chen||New York (ED)||3/5/2013||Active||Female|
|Alison Julie Nathan||New York (SD)||10/17/2011||Active||Female|
|Deborah Batts||New York (SD)||5/9/1994||Terminated/Death|
|James Paul Oetken||New York (SD)||7/20/2011||Active||Male|
|Michael Jerome McShane||Oregon||5/30/2013||Active||Male|
|Nitza I. Alejandro||Pennsylvania (ED)||6/19/2013||Active||Female|
|CD - Central District||ED - Eastern District||MD - Middle District||ND - Northern District||SD - Southern District|
|WD - Western District||± LGBT||*** Current Chief Judge|
Data is based on information collected through May 7, 2020. To learn more about the federal courts go to www.fjc.gov.
Judge Vaughn Richard Walker
In 1989, Vaughn R. Walker was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to the federal district court for the Northern District of California. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 21, 1989, on unanimous consent and received his commission on November 27, 1989.