Karine Jean-Pierre Becomes First Black Woman in 30 Years To Lead White House Press Briefing

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This isn’t the first time Jean-Pierre has made history…

Born August 13, 1977, Karine Jean-Pierre is an American political force.

She’s a political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator, and author. Phew.

Jean-Pierre was born in Martinique to Haitian parents.

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She was raised in Queens Village, Queens, with a taxi driver father and health worker mom.

She first began her work in politics under the Obama administration.

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Jean-Pierre was Obama’s first campaign’s southeast regional political director and was the director for the White House Office of Political Affairs during his first term.

During Trump’s time in office, she worked for Moveon.Org to “advise on and serve as a spokesperson around MoveOn’s electoral work, including a major effort to stand up to Donald Trump.”

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And in 2019, Jean-Pierre she became a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

But since January 2021, we’ve been seeing a lot more of Jean-Pierre.

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As under the Biden administration, she became the newest White House Press Secretary.

She came to this role following her work with VP Kamala Harris.

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Jean-Pierre served as the chief of staff for Democratic vice presidential nominee on the 2020 United States presidential campaign.

​This was history-making in itself.

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As Jean-Pierre was the first Black woman to ever occupy that role.

But Jean-Pierre continues to make history.

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On November 29, 2020, the Biden transition team announced that she would be the Principal Deputy Press Secretary.

But Jean-Pierre’s latest move might be her most groundbreaking yet.

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And the internet is excited about what it could mean for the future of politics. 












On May 26, 2021, Jean-Pierre gave her first White House press briefing.

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Making her both the first openly gay woman to do so, and the first Black woman to do so since 1991.

“It’s a real honor to be standing here today. I appreciate the historic nature, I really do,” she shared.

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“But I believe that being behind this podium, being in this room, being in this building, is not about one person. It’s about what we do on behalf of the American people.”

She also offered credit to Biden.

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“Clearly the president believes that representation matters, and I appreciate him giving me this opportunity, and it’s another reason why I think we’re all so proud that this is the most diverse administration in history.”

Jean Pierre has already led 5 off-camera mini-briefings with the press.

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But this was her first time on camera.

“As a Black gay immigrant who comes from a working-class family, I know that America hasn’t always worked for everyone,” Jean-Pierre explained to Out Magazine in 2020.

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“And I know that America still doesn’t work for everyone. The truth of the matter is we have a long way to go. But that’s what I’m working toward: mobilizing people around this shared vision of what an America that works for everyone could look like — and then making it happen.”

And it’s clear that Jean-Pierre is doing just that.

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