Openly gay Richard Sorian is among the four administration nominees appointed Thursday by President Barack Obama in his latest recess appointments.

In making the announcement, Obama said he was bypassing the Senate, which is responsible for approving hundreds of nominations, because of Republican obstruction.

“At a time when our nation faces so many pressing challenges, I urge members of the Senate to stop paying politics with our highly qualified nominees, and fulfill their responsibilities of advice and consent,” Obama said. “Until they do, I reserve the right to act within my authority to do what is best for the American people.”

The administration said the four nominees had waited an average of 303 days for Senate confirmation.

Obama nominated Sorian to serve as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services in October. Sorian currently serves the HHS in a senior advisory capacity. He is expected to focus on health care reform and HIV/AIDS policies.

In June, the White House announced that Obama has appointed more openly gay staffers than the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton combined.

The Presidential Appointments Project, a community driven effort coordinated by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, was responsible for bringing many of the appointments, including Sorian, to the attention of administration officials.