With 18 years of experience with the U.S. Marshals Service under his belt, Michael Hughes is President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. Marshal of the District of Columbia Superior Court, according to an announcement released Thursday evening.
Hughes has spent his career with the U.S. Marshals Service, currently serving in the Tactical Operations Divisions as chief of the Office of Crisis Services. He first joined the Marshals in 1991, serving in the Witness Security Division, on protection detail for a deputy attorney general and on detail to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).
Hughes could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday morning.
If confirmed for a four-year term, Hughes would be the second openly gay person to be nominated by the president and confirmed as a U.S. Marshal nationwide, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Human Rights Campaign has supported Hughes’ nomination, sending a letter (PDF) on his behalf to the White House in May 2009.
“In addition to his impeccable record of service and strong credentials, Michael’s nomination to be the United States Marshal for the District of Columbia as an openly-gay man would be significant,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese wrote.
Hughes would replace former U.S. Marshal Stephen Conboy, who resigned in the spring of 2008. Thomas Hedgepeth has served as acting U.S. Marshal for the court since mid-2010.