Updated May 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Biden announces Karine Jean-Pierre as new White House press secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre, principal deputy press secretary, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden announced Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary when Psaki leaves the job on May 13.

Why it matters: Jean-Pierre, currently principal deputy press secretary, will be the first Black woman and first openly LGBTQ woman to hold the position.

Driving the news: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is expected to join MSNBC as a streaming show host this spring.

Background: Jean-Pierre was previously the chief of staff for then 2020 Democratic-presidential nominee Kamala Harris. 

  • Before that, she worked in the Obama Administration and for the non-profit MoveOn.org as their Chief Public Affairs Officer.
  • Jean-Pierre also spent time working on Obama's 2008 campaign and later for Biden's 2020 campaign.

What they're saying: "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," President Biden said in a statement on Thursday.

  • "Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible," Psaki said of Jean-Pierre on Twitter.
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