President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Pamela Ki Mai Chen to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

If confirmed, Chen would become the second female Chinese-American and the fifth openly gay individual to receive a lifetime judicial appointment.

“I am proud to nominate this outstanding candidate to serve on the United States District Court bench,” Obama said in a statement. “Pamela Chen has a long and distinguished record of service, and I am confident she will serve on the federal bench with distinction.”

Chen was recommended for the post by New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

“Pamela Chen will be an excellent federal judge. She is an experienced attorney with a long record of public service who possesses the legal excellence, intellect and temperament to be a first-rate judge,” Schumer said. “Ms. Chen is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. Her leadership skills, her commitment to justice, and her extensive experience maker her a fantastic choice for a position in the Eastern District Court.”

Chen was been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York since 1998. She received her J.D. in 1986 from the Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in 1983 from the University of Michigan.