Here's How Karine Jean-Pierre Is Making History Twice Over As Press Secretary

Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman and first openly queer person to serve as White House press secretary, after Jen Psaki steps down from the role.

Karine Jean-Pierre is poised to make history twice over as the next White House press secretary, becoming the first Black woman and the first openly gay person to hold the position.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden asked Jean-Pierre to take over the role from Jen Psaki, who plans to step down on May 13.

Jean-Pierre, who was previously deputy press secretary, said the new role is a “true honor.”

“I look forward to serving this Administration and the American people,” Jean-Pierre tweeted.

“Representation matters,” Psaki wrote on Twitter, adding that Jean-Pierre “will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible.”

Born in Haiti, Jean-Pierre moved to the U.S. as a child and grew up in Queens, in what she describes as “New York’s Haitian community.”

She later served as chief public affairs officer for the advocacy group MoveOn, worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and served as a regional political director in the Obama White House.

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