Karine Jean-Pierre joined the Biden administration’s all-female White House senior communications team in November 2020
US President Joe Biden on Thursday announced Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary after Jen Psaki departs her role next week. She will be the first Black and openly LGBTQ person to hold the position.
Jean-Pierre currently serves as the White House’s principal deputy press secretary.
Biden said in a statement that Jean-Pierre will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people.
Thank you @POTUS and @FLOTUS for this opportunity. It is a true honor. I look forward to serving this Administration and the American people. I have big shoes to fill. @PressSec has been a great friend, mentor and excellent press secretary. pic.twitter.com/1knmbe2Nxq
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) May 5, 2022
She will formally join the post on Psaki’s last day, which will be 13 May.
Lots to say about how grateful I am to @POTUS and @FLOTUS and the Biden family for trusting me to serve as @PressSec and plenty of time before my last day to share, but today is about @KJP46 so a few thoughts on this remarkable woman who will soon be behind the podium every day.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 5, 2022
Who is Karine Jean-Pierre?
Jean-Pierre joined the all-female White House senior communications team in November 2020, along with six other women.
Prior to joining the Biden administration, she served as the chief of staff for Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris during the 2020 presidential campaign, becoming the first Black woman and first LGBTQ person to hold that position.
In May 2021, Jean-Pierre became the second Black woman in history to hold the daily press briefing 30 years after Judy Smith, who was a deputy press secretary under President George H.W. Bush in 1991.
According to a report by CNN, Jean-Pierre’s family includes her partner, CNN national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, and their daughter.
She also served as the southeast regional director of the Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign. During the Obama administration’s first term, she held the position of regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs.
Jean-Pierre is not new to her role as she is often present in the room when Psaki briefs reporters. She has even filled in for her in her absence.
According to CNN, she recently replaced Psaki at the last minute for Biden’s four-day trip to Europe amid the Russian invasion after Psaki tested positive for COVID-19 the day before Biden was scheduled to leave.
With inputs from agencies
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