Judge Daniel Anders was the first openly gay man to run for office in Philadelphia and be elected as a judge in the state of Pennsylvania. Nominated in 2007 by Governor Ed Rendell and confirmed by the Penn. State Senate, he ran for judicial office in 2009 and won citywide. He followed Judge Ann Butchart, the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to office in Philadelphia in 2005. Anders currently serves in the civil branch of the Trial Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.