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Obama moves at historic pace to diversify federal bench; white males under half his choices
WASHINGTON (AP) ' President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to diversify the federal judiciary, with nearly three of every four of his confirmed judicial nominees being women or minorities.
More than 70 percent of Obama's confirmed judicial nominees in his first two years in office were "non-traditional," or nominees who were not white males. That far exceeds President Bill Clinton's percentage of 48.1 percent and President George W. Bush's 32.9 percent.
Obama also broke barriers by getting the first openly gay man confirmed to a federal judgeship when J. Paul Oetken was approved for a New York City opening.
The administration says 21 percent of its confirmed judges are African-American, 11 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Asian-American and almost half ' 47 percent ' women.