Karine Jean-Pierre Named New White House Press Secretary

Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman and first out LGBTQ+ individual to hold the role.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre listens during a White House daily press briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House May 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden announced today that Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to be White House Press Secretary, replacing Jen Psaki who will depart from the White House on May 13, 2022. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre listens during a White House daily press briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House May 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden announced today that Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to be White House Press Secretary, replacing Jen Psaki who will depart from the White House on May 13, 2022. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary, making history as the first Black woman and out LGBTQ+ individual to hold the role, President Joe Biden announced Thursday.

In his official statement, Biden spoke highly of Jean-Pierre, who has been serving as the principal deputy press secretary. He said, “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.”

Jean-Pierre hails from Haiti and immigrated to Queens, New York, as a child. Though she initially served as chief of staff for Kamala Harris’ presidential run, she later joined the Biden campaign and followed him to the White House. She will take over as press secretary after Psaki leaves the administration on May 13, according to Biden’s statement.