fitzgerald_michaelThe U.S. Senate today, by a vote of 91-6, confirmed Michael Fitzgerald to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, making him one of just a handful of openly LGBT Americans to serve on the federal bench.  Fitzgerald, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, was deemed “unanimously well qualified” by the American Bar Association.

“Congratulations to Judge Fitzgerald, whose broad legal experience makes him an excellent choice for the federal bench,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Institute. “He joins a still very small but growing group of openly LGBT federal judges, and we commend the Obama administration for making sure these esteemed positions are open to all qualified Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The 20 national LGBT organizations that make up the Presidential Appointments Project will continue to advocate for people like Michael, so that our community is represented among public officials throughout the federal government.”

Read more about Fitzgerald’s path to Senate confirmation at Metro Weekly.

For more information about the record-setting number of openly LGBT presidential appointments made during the Obama administration, visit the Presidential Appointments Project.