We’re down to the final three on The Bachelorette, which means Rachel Lindsay is introducing her suitors to her family. While we’ve already met her outspoken (and fabulous) sister, her father has yet to make his debut on the reality dating competition.

But while he has no camera time, he is definitely involved in the picking process when it comes to who will be proposing to his little girl. Just like Rachel, her dad Sam A. Lindsay is also in the legal world — but as a federal judge. According to his Wikipedia page, the 65-year-old was appointed by former president Bill Clinton in 1997 and received a commission in 1998.

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And just like Rachel made history as the first black Bachelorette, he was the first black judge to service the federal district court in Dallas. Host Chris Harrison explained earlier this year why Rachel’s dad won’t be appearing on the show. “With his job and what he does, he just can’t,” he told EW. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved.

“He was a big part of the show but off-camera,” Chris added. “It kind of changed things; we had to do some things in Dallas and kind of switch things around a little bit, because he plays such a big part in her life, and family’s such a big part — we wanted to include that, even if we couldn’t show some of it on television.”

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As for Rachel, she revealed that her father did support her decision to find love on national television. “Obviously, this isn’t the way my parents would’ve gone about meeting each other,” Rachel said. “They’re still together. They’ve been married for 38 years. And they want me to have that because they know how much I want it to. So although this might not be the way they would do it, they’re so supportive.”

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