President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated an openly gay judge for a federal district court judgeship in Florida.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Darrin Gayles was one of the five nominations announced by the White House.

If approved by the Senate, Gayles would be the first openly gay black man to serve as a federal judge.

“Throughout their careers, these distinguished men and women have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to public service,” Obama said in an emailed statement. “I am confident they will serve the American people with distinction from the District Court bench.”

According to a White House bio, Gayles began his career as an assistant state attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office in 1993. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and his B.A. from Howard University.