Thursday, May 5, 2022

Historic appointment as White House press secretary, the first black woman and out LGBTQ person in this role

After a year and a half at the podium, White House press secretary Jen Psaki is planning to leave the White House, and her current deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, will be her replacement, President Joe Biden announced.

In a historic pick, Jean-Pierre will be the first Black, and first openly gay person to hold the position of White House press secretary. Last month, Jean-Pierre spoke out against anti-LGBTQ legislation in states across the country.

"Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people. Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration," President Biden said in a statement.

Jean-Pierre has an accomplished background as a communications leader, from work in the Obama White House to presidential campaigns and local politics. She has also served as Chief Public Affairs Officer for and as an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. 

Jean-Pierre and Psaki at the White House press room

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