President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated two federal judges, including Todd M. Hughes, an openly gay judge.

Obama nominated Hughes to serve on the United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

If approved, Hughes would be the first openly gay judge to serve on the court, which hears a limited docket of cases.

“If confirmed, Todd Hughes would become the first openly gay federal appeals court judge in U.S. history,” Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, whose Presidential Appointments Projects supports LGBT presidential appointments, said in a statement. “His nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president's respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community. We look forward to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.”

According to a White House biography, Hughes currently serves as the deputy director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice. He received his J.D. with honors in 1992 from Duke University and his B.A. in 1989 from Harvard College.