The White House on Thursday announced the nomination of Claude Kelly III to an open federal judgeship in the New Orleans-based Eastern District of Louisiana.

Kelly has served as the chief federal public defender in the Eastern District since last year.

President Barack Obama also nominated U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley to serve as a federal judge in the Western District of Louisiana, which includes Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria and Shreveport.

Finley, a career federal prosecutor, has been U.S. attorney for the Western District since 2010. She was the first woman to serve as a U.S. attorney in the state.

“Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity,” Obama said in a written statement.

“Their records of public service are distinguished and impressive, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench. I am honored to nominate them today.”