Earlier this week, President Obama made two historic appointments, announcing his intent to nominate Eric K. Fanning, an openly gay man, to serve as Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Pamela Ki Mai Chen to a federal judgeship, which would make her the first Asian-American openly gay woman to serve on a federal bench.
Eric Fanning, a Dartmouth graduate, currently holds the post of Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy and has previously worked as Deputy Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.
Pamela Chen, a graduate of Georgetown Law School, has worked in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as the deputy commissioner for enforcement at New York State’s Division for Human Rights before taking her current post as chief of the Civil Rights Section’s Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
These two appointments illustrate President Obama’s dedication to hiring the most qualified candidates to serve our country—regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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