WASHINGTON D.C. — (05-06-22) — President Joe Biden made history on Thursday naming Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House press secretary, the first Black LGBTQ Woman to serve in the role. Incumbent Jen Psaki will be retiring from her role as press secretary next week.

Jean-Pierre takes on the role as press secretary as the White House faces an uphill battle to help Democrats hold the majority in the House and Senate in this fall’s midterm elections.

President Biden is also bringing back longtime veteran Democratic strategist Anita Dunn as his senior adviser. Dunn had served in the Biden administration last year for several months during his first few months in office.

Black LGBT Woman Karine Jean-Pierre New White House Press Secretary

“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,” said Biden in a statement praising Jean-Pierre, who has served as his principal deputy press secretary since Inauguration Day.

Psaki, who leaves the White House on May 13, praised her successor as a “partner in truth,” making note of the history-making appointment.

“Representation matters and she is going to give a voice to so many and show so many what is truly possible when you work hard and dream big,” said Psaki.

Karine Jean-Pierre said she was “still processing” the significance of her new role as White House Press Secretary, calling it “an honor and privilege to be behind this podium.”

“This is a historic moment, and it’s not lost on me,” said Jean-Pierre. “It’s a very emotional day.”

Jean-Pierre had occasionally taken to the podium for press briefings instead of Psaki and more frequently held off-camera “gaggles” with reporters when president Biden was traveling on Air Force One.  She traveled with Biden to Europe last fall and in March when Psaki, who had tested positive for COVID-19, was unable to travel.

Before joining the Biden presidential campaign, Jean-Pierre was the chief public affairs officer of the progressive group MoveOn.org and a former political analyst for NBC and MSNBC.

Jean-Pierre also worked in political affairs in the Obama White House and on his reelection campaign for 2012.

The press secretary is responsible for holding daily briefings with the news media outlets worldwide and leading a department of more than a dozen staffers who help address queries from the press on a daily basis.

Congratulations to Karine Jean-Pierre on making history for the LGBTQ Community.  To congratulate Jean-Pierre, visit her on Twitter @K_JeanPierre.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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