ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene Christian University graduate has been nominated by the White House to be United States District Judge of the Western Texas District.

Robert Lee Pitman is from Fort Worth but graduated from ACU.  He obtained his J.D. from the University of Texas.  Most recently Pitman has served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and the Dallas Morning News reports that Pitman was the first openly gay U.S. attorney.

Pending Senate approval, Pitman will replace W. Royal Ferguson, Jr. as U.S. District Judge. Ferguson has retired.