President Obama nominates first openly gay Latina judge to U.S. District Court

Hey, Pennsylvania!! Yay for my state!! But more so for the FIRST GAY HISPANIC WOMAN TO SERVE ON THE FEDERAL BENCH!! It’s nice to have a positive story here and there.

NBC Latino

Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama nominated two Latino judges from Philadelphia to fill the seats for the district court in Pennsylvania.

Obama nominated Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro and Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, along with Judge Jeffrey L. Schmeh, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Quiñones Alejandro would become the first gay Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Formerly, Quiñones Alejandro was the first Hispanic woman to serve as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas when she was appointed in 1991. She was previously a lawyer in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and an attorney adviser for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Restrepo has been a magistrate judge in the Eastern District since 2006. As the former president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Restrepo has long been…

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