US President Joe Biden has decided to appoint Karen Jean-Pierre as the new White House spokeswoman, to be the first woman and lesbian to hold the position.
Jean-Pierre, 44, has been a deputy White House spokeswoman since Biden was elected president. She will replace the current spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, 43, at the end of next week.
The incumbent holds daily news briefings with White House correspondents.
Saki will move to a job at left-leaning television station MSNBC.
She described her successor on Twitter as a “wonderful woman”, with a “moral core”.
“I can’t wait to see her shine and bring her own style and brilliance to the position,” she said.
The White House Press Secretary is the administration’s face to the national media, and thus the nation and the world.
And whoever holds this position can become a central figure in times of national crisis or political scandal. It is often followed closely by some, which can become the subject of jokes for others.
For the first time in US history, a black and openly gay woman will be the face of the administration.
The Biden administration has focused on placing black women, who are often an essential but politically invisible part of the Democratic Party, in a number of positions.
Jean-Pierre is joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, new Supreme Court Justice Kitangi Brown Jackson, Home Policy Council Chair Susan Rice, UN Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield, and a number of other women who have risen to prominent positions.