First out LGBTQ, first Black White House press secretary appointed

Fri. May 6, 2022 10:53 AM by Gerald Farinas

karine jean-pierre

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Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki as chief spokesperson for President Biden

The White House announced that Karine Jean-Pierre will become the first out LGBTQ person and first Black White House press secretary ever appointed in presidential history. She will replace Jen Psaki, who served as President Biden's chief spokesperson since the beginning of his presidency.

"Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficuly job, but she will continue to lead the way in communication about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people," President Biden said.

"Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.

The 44-year old native of Martinique, an island state of France, responded to the news on Twitter saying, "It is a true honor."





Jean-Pierre served as spokesperson for and was a political analyst for NBC News. She worked for President Barack Obama as regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs.

A veteran campaign worker, she was an directing organizer in the presidential campaigns of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, President Obama, and President Biden.

Jean-Pierre is of Haitian descent and was raised in New York. She is a graduate of Columbia University.