President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Michael Fitzgerald to the U.S. District Court, his fourth openly gay judicial nominee to date.

The 51-year-old Fitzgerald has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

“I am honored to nominate Michael Walter Fitzgerald to the United States District Court," President Obama said in a statement. "His impressive career stands as a testament to his formidable intellect and integrity. I am confident he will serve the people of California with distinction on the District Court bench.”

Fitzgerald has been named a partner at the Los Angeles-based law firm of Corbin, Fitzgerald and Athey LLP since 1998. He's a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley's School of Law.

Fitzgerald's nomination follows Monday's Senate confirmation of Paul Oetken to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Two additional out judges, Alison Nathan and Edmund Dumont, have also been nominated by Obama to serve on federal benches.

In May, Barbara Lenk became the fist openly gay judge to serve on Massachusetts' highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court.