President Obama has broken with tradition and selected primarily minorities and women to fill judicial positions. Over 70 percent of Obama’s confirmed judicial nominees were not the traditional white male usually selected for the position. This compares with much lower percentages of minorities and women selected by his predecessors-Bill Clinton (48.1 percent) and George W. Bush (32.9 percent).
Due to Obama, there are now three women sitting on the Supreme Court for the first time in history. Among these three women is Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina confirmed to be on the Supreme Court. The Obama administration has also named the first openly gay male to a federal judgeship.