President Obama picked a Latino from Texas to serve as a U.S. district judge.

The White House on Wednesday night announced the appointment of Judge David Campos Guaderrama of El Paso to the federal bench. He's expected to replace Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones.

Campos Guaderrama has been a magistrate in El Paso since last October. He previously spent 15 years as a state district judge in El Paso.

Campos Guaderrama holds a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University. He received his law degree in 1979 from the Notre Dame Law School.

"Throughout his career, Judge David Campos Guaderrama has displayed exceptional integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice," Obama said in a news release Wednesday. "He will be an esteemed addition to the federal bench for the people of Texas. I am grateful for his dedication to public service."

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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