LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas attorney is being nominated for a federal judgeship in Nevada.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday announced President Obama will nominate Richard Boulware for the post. Reid recommended Boulware for the lifetime appointment.

If confirmed by the Senate, Boulware will be the first black to serve on the U.S. District Court in Nevada.

Nevada native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a law degree from Columbia Law School.

Boulware is currently an assistant in the Federal Public Defender’s Office. He is also former vice president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller who blocked a previous judicial nomination over Second Amendment concerns says Boulware is an excellent choice for the bench.

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