NEW YORK CITY — A former Clinton administration lawyer has become the first openly gay man to be confirmed as a federal judge.
J. Paul Oetken will become a federal judge in Manhattan when President Obama signs his confirmation. According to The New York Times, Sen. Charles Schumer’s office said It could be as early as this week.
The Senate voted 80 to 13 on Monday to confirm the appointment that Schumer recommended to Obama last year.
The 45-year-old Oetken was a law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court. He later worked for the Justice Department and as an associate counsel to President Bill Clinton.
Currently, he’s a senior vice president and associate general counsel at Cablevision.
Deborah A. Batts, a lesbian, has been a federal judge in Manhattan since 1994.