Obama announces diverse set of judicial nominees amid complaints from black lawmakers

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By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated a diverse group of candidates to be judges as the White House tries to address concerns from black lawmakers about minority representation on the federal bench.

The White House notes only one of the five nominees announced Wednesday is a white man.

One nominee is Florida judge Darrin Gayles, who would be the first openly gay black man to serve as a federal judge — if the Senate confirms him.

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was meeting privately with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. They've complained about a lack of diversity among Southern judges, in particular.

Obama selected three others for the District Court in Florida and one for the Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The list includes two women and a Hispanic man.

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