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Karine Jean-Pierre, the first woman of color and gay in the role of White House Press Secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre, the first woman of color and gay in the role of White House

Karine Jean-Pierre will be the new press secretary for the White House.

Jen Psaki stepped down from her post last week.

President Joe Biden announced in a statement Thursday that Jean-Pierre becomes the first person of color and self-proclaimed as part of the LGBTQ community to hold this position.

Jean-Pierre currently serves as the White House Deputy Press Secretary.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the first woman of color and gay in the role of White House

"Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this hard work, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people," Biden said in a statement. .

Jean-Pierre will officially start after Psaki's last day, May 13th.

Last May, Jean-Pierre became the second woman of color in history to hold her daily press conference. She has served on the White House Senior Communications team since Biden took office and was previously his campaign adviser.

Jean-Pierre's family includes her partner, CNN national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, and their daughter.

"I'm still processing the news because, as Jen said, this is a historic moment. I understand how important it is for so many people out there. It is an honor and a privilege to be behind this podium," said Jean. -Pierre.