Currently Arkansas has one black federal judge, Brian Miller in the Eastern District. Miller was appointed in April 2008 after Republican Rep. John Boozman suggested his name to former President George W. Bush.
When Democrats regained control of the White House in January 2009 under President Obama, it became the prerogative of the state's two Democratic senators to submit candidates for federal judgeships to the administration. Lincoln and Pryor initially submitted nine names as candidates but none was African American.
"We had a golden opportunity to add to that [one black judge] and Sen. Lincoln and Sen. Pryor decided one was enough," [Arkansas NAACP President Dale] Charles said, adding that the two are practicing a "quota" system.