President Obama has nominated an openly gay lawyer for ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. It is the president's first gay ambassador nomination.

David Huebner currently serves as general counsel to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a California-based gay rights group.

Huebner is a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, a law firm with offices in California, New York, Washington D.C. and China. Huebner currently woks out of the firm's Shanghai office where he specializes in international arbitration and mediation cases.

Obama also nominated David D. Nelson ambassador to Uruguay.

“I am confident that these individuals will represent our nation well in these important roles,” Obama said in a statement. “I am grateful for their service and look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Huebner is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University and earned his law degree from Yale Law School. Huebner is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's Gould Law School in Los Angeles. He's also guest lectured at Tsinghua University and East China University of Politics and Law, both in Beijing, and the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles.

He is a former president of the Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission and has chaired the California Law Revision Commission.

If confirmed by the Senate, Huebner would become the third openly gay ambassador in U.S. history, the AP reported.

Huebner has served as GLAAD's general counsel for the past 10 years.