US President Joe Biden on Thursday named Karine Jean-Pierre as the following White House press secretary, the primary Black particular person to carry the high-profile submit.
Jean-Pierre, who may also be the primary brazenly LGBTQ+ particular person within the function, will exchange Jen Psaki, underneath whom she served as deputy, from May 13.
Biden in an announcement praised Jean-Pierre’s “experience, talent and integrity,” saying he was “proud” to announce her appointment.
“She will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as the White House Press Secretary,” Psaki tweeted after the announcement.
“Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible.”
The outgoing press secretary, who stated from the outset that she would step down throughout Biden’s time period, is because of be part of MSNBC, in line with US media experiences.
Jean-Pierre, 44, labored on each of former president Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012 after which on Biden’s marketing campaign in 2020 earlier than becoming a member of Biden’s group on the White House.
She additionally served underneath Biden throughout his tenure as Obama’s vice chairman.
– Haitian dad and mom –
Jean-Pierre was beforehand Chief Public Affairs Officer for liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org and labored as a political analyst with NBC and MSNBC, the White House assertion stated.
Raised in New York, French-speaking Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique to Haitian dad and mom who emigrated to the United States, the place her father drove a taxi and her mom labored as a cleaner.
It was in New York that she took her first steps into politics earlier than additionally changing into a number one determine within the non-profit sphere, having graduated from the celebrated Columbia University.
Jean-Pierre has usually stated her household’s background, emblematic of the “American dream,” was a figuring out consider her profession.
An advocate for combatting psychological well being stigma, the brand new White House spokeswoman has additionally shared her personal tales of being sexually abused as a toddler and affected by melancholy.
In a e-book revealed in 2019, she wrote of “the pressure of growing up in an immigrant household to succeed.”
“That pressure grew so big, and my sense of failure so strong, that I felt like my family would be better off without me. At one point, I attempted suicide,” she stated in a submit revealed on the MSNBC web site.
“I am everything that Donald Trump hates,” stated Jean-Pierre, who has a daughter together with her accomplice, a journalist with CNN, in reference to Biden’s predecessor in a 2018 video for MoveOn.org.
“I am a Black woman. I am gay. I am a mom.”
In a Twitter submit marking LGBTQ Pride month in June 2021, she stated her “journey towards feeling accepted by myself and loved ones wasn’t an easy one, but it was worthwhile.”
“No matter where you are in your journey, I see you, we see you and we celebrate you.”
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