Karine Jean-Pierre goes down in history as the first black woman and openly gay person to hold the position of press secretary at the White House.
President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Jean-Pierre on May 5 in a statement from the White House. She will replace the current press secretary and assistant to the president Jen Psakiwho has held this position since November 2020. Jean-Pierre is currently Senior Deputy Press Officer.
“Karine not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people,” Biden said. in the press release. “Jill and I have known and respected Karine for a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this administration.”
PSAKI will leave the White House to join MSNBC in an on-air role, according to Axios. Her last day as press officer will be May 13.