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Congratulations to Robert Pitman on His Appointment as U.S. Attorney
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/04/11
Last updated on: 10/04/11
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On September 26, 2011, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert L. Pitman of Austin as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Upon being sworn in on October 2, he became the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in Texas.

Pitman was nominated for the post by President Obama on the recommendation of Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn. His appointment was opposed by social conservative groups in Texas.

A native of Fort Worth, Pitman attended Abilene Christian University and earned his law degree at the University of Texas, where he has served as an adjunct professor.

Since October 2003, Pitman has served as a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court of Western Texas. He previously served as Chief Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas.

He is the fourth openly gay or lesbian U.S. Attorney appointed by President Obama.

The other three are Jenny Durkan of the Western District of Washington; Laura Duffy of the Southern District of California; and Anne Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina.

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