WASHINGTON, May 6, 2003 ( – President George W. Bush has nominated Claude A. Allen, 42, a conservative black lawyer, public servant and activist, to the federal appeals court.

Allen, who is married with three home-educated children, served as secretary of health and human resources for Virginia Republican Governor James S. Gilmore in the late 1990s and earlier at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1984, when he was 20 years old, he campaigned for former Sen. Jesse Helms, and has been dogged by liberals ever since for having referred to “queers” working on his opponent’s campaign.  “Knowing him has shaped me in many ways in terms of my values and how I conduct myself, all for the good,” Allen has said of Helms. Allen has worked for some of the best-known conservative causes, such as home education and abstinence programs.  For Washington Post coverage: