President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated an openly gay African-American judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Staci Michelle Yandle's nomination was one of four announced by the White House.

“I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench,” Obama said in a statement. “I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, Yandle's confirmation would not only make her the first openly gay judge in the Seventh Circuit but also the first African-American judge to serve in the Southern District of Illinois.

HRC added that Obama has nominated more African-American and LGBT judges than any previous administration.

According to the White House, Yandle received her J.D. in 1987 from the Vanderbilt University School of Law and her B.S. in 1983 from the University of Illinois. She served by appointment on the Illinois Gaming Board from 1999 to 2001 and on the Illinois Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1992 to 1996.