After more than thirteen years with the Department of Justice, Pamela Chen has been confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York by the U.S. Senate, making her the first openly gay Asian American to be confirmed as a judge on the federal bench, the HRC is reporting.
President Barack Obama has nominated four openly gay constituents to be confirmed to a federal judgeship with lifetime tenure and Bill Clinton nominated one during his presidency, which makes Chen the fifth. There are four other openly gay nominees currently impending in the Senate.
The Chicago native pledged fairness on the bench during her September 2012 confirmation hearing, the Washington Blade reports.
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