President Barack Obama last week nominated an openly gay man to serve as ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The nomination of Ted Osius was announced by the White House along with six additional posts.

“I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people,” Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

If confirmed, Osius would become the sixth openly gay ambassador nominated by Obama, and only the eighth in the nation's history.

According to his White House bio, Osius is a career member of the Foreign Service, having served in numerous foreign posts since 2001. He received an A.B. From Harvard College and an M.S. From the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.

“I commend the Administration for this nomination of a qualified career member of the Foreign Service,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, a group devoted to promoting openly LGBT candidates. “If confirmed, Osius would make an excellent addition to the growing number of openly LGBT U.S. Ambassadors (5). He will bring a unique perspective to the ambassadorship along with decades worth of knowledge and experience.”

Osius is married to Clayton Bond, who works at the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs.