First Black and Lesbian to serve as White House Press Secretary

On May 5, US President Joe Biden said he had selected Karine Jean-Pierre to be the White House press secretary. She becomes the first black person and lesbian to be Press Secretary.

White House Press Secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre (born August 13, 1977) is set to become the 35th White House Press Secretary since May 13, 2022, following the expected departure of Jen Psaki. She will become the first black person and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to be Press Secretary.

US President Joe Biden has pledged to appoint top government officials, cabinet members and judges that reflect America’s racial diversity. Before that, Kamala Harris was the first black vice president of the United States, and also the first woman to serve as vice president.

White House Press Secretary
Karine Jean-Pierre (L) and Jen Psaki (R) the 34th White House Press Secretary.

Despite being a multiracial nation, whites make up less than 60% of the US population, but whites traditionally hold most of the key federal government positions.

“Not only does Karine Jean-Pierre have the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, she will continue to lead the way in media coverage of the Biden-Harris administration activities as the represent the American people,” Biden said in a statement.

“This is a historic moment I will never forget. Standing behind this podium is an honor and privilege for me,” Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing at the White House.

Karine Jean-Pierre served on both former President Barack Obama‘s Presidential Election Process in 2008 and 2012, then Joe Biden‘s Presidential Election Process in 2020 before joining Biden’s team in the White House.

White House Press Secretary
Karine Jean-Pierre served former President Barack Obama.

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