The U.S. Senate last week confirmed three Texas judges, including Robert Pitman, the state's first openly gay federal judge and the first openly gay judge in the entire Fifth Circuit Court, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

All three nominees were confirmed with a voice vote, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The other two judges were Texarkana lawyer Robert Schroeder III and Sherman Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant III.

Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, both Republicans, recommended the Texans to President Barack Obama, who announced the nominations in June.

Pitman, who has a law degree from the University of Texas, previously made history as the first openly gay U.S. attorney in Texas, a post for which he was also recommended by Cornyn and nominated by Obama in June of 2011. He will fill a seat vacant since the end of 2008.