US President Joe Biden has appointed Karine Jean-Pierre to be the next White House Press Secretary.
Jean-Pierre, 44, will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQI person to serve in the role.
Thank you @POTUS and @FLOTUS for this opportunity. It is a true honor. I look forward to serving this Administration and the American people. I have big shoes to fill. @PressSec has been a great friend, mentor and excellent press secretary. pic.twitter.com/1knmbe2Nxq
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@KJP46) May 5, 2022
“This is a historic moment and it’s not lost on me,” Jean-Pierre said
She continued, “It’s a very emotional day.”
Jean-Pierre has been deputy White House Press Secretary since Biden took office in January 2021. Prior to that, she was the chief public affairs officer for Moveon.org, a progressive advocacy group.
Psaki congratulated Jean-Pierre saying, “I just want to take the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate my friend, my colleague, my partner in truth Karine Jean-Pierre, the next White House Press Secretary.”
“Representation matters and she is going to give a voice to so many and show so many what is truly possible when you work hard and dream big and that matters,” she said.
.@PressSec Jen Psaki on @KJP46: "I just want to take the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate my friend, my colleague, my partner in truth Karine Jean-Pierre, the next White House Press Secretary." pic.twitter.com/c9eqlT3MnT
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 5, 2022
Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted, “Congratulations Karine on making history as our next White House press secretary. I am looking forward to seeing you behind the podium.”
Congratulations Karine on making history as our next White House press secretary. I am looking forward to seeing you behind the podium. You are going to do great, @KJP46.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 6, 2022
Created in 1929, the White House Press Secretary is the primary spokesperson and public face of the White House.