President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three federal judges, including Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro, an openly lesbian Hispanic judge.

Obama nominated Quinones to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

If confirmed, Quinones, who was recommended to the president by Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, would be the first openly gay Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench. She is Obama's eighth openly gay lifetime-tenured federal court judicial nominee.

“These men and women have had distinguished legal careers and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench,” Obama said of the nominees. “They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”

According to a White House bio, Quinones has served as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas since 1991. She received her J.D. in 1975 from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and her B.B.A. cum laude in 1972 from the University of Puerto Rico.