The U.S. Senate has approved the nomination of Sharon Lubinski, the nation's first openly lesbian U.S. Marshal. Lubinski will become the district of Minnesota's U.S. Marshal.

Lubinski was recommended to President Obama by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat.

“Sharon Lubinski will be an excellent U.S. Marshal,” Klobuchar said in a statement announcing Lubinski's confirmation. “Her mix of experience managing a large, urban police department and working in a rural sheriff's office makes her uniquely qualified for this position. I know she will make Minnesota proud as she serves in this role.”

The Obama administration is on track to setting a new record on openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender appointees. President Clinton appointed about 140 gay officials over 8 years. In his first year in office, Obama has appointed nearly 100 openly LGBT officials.

Lubinski has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the assistant police chief for the city of Minneapolis since 2006.