President-Elect Joe Biden announced several appointments to his senior staff earlier this week, but still has many roles to fill as the Biden-Harris Transition Team continues to move forward despite obstruction from Emily Murphy‘s refusal to sign the papers to allow the transition of power.
One important job that has yet to be filled is that of the White House Press Secretary, one of the most public-facing jobs in any administration. But after the Trump Administration’s constant turnover in the position, with four different people–Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the current holder of the title, Kayleigh McEnany, who also serves on the Trump Campaign–taking the podium over the last four years, the Biden team is choosing its daily representative from a small group of incredibly accomplished women, including two Black women who have already been serving on the Biden Campaign staff.
The front-runner for the job is said to be Karine Jean-Pierre, a French-born Haitian-American political campaign organizer, activist, and MSNBC political commentator who worked as the Deputy Battleground States Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, managing the President’s political engagement in key states while leading the delegate selection and ballot access process. Jean-Pierre also worked for former Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, and was until recently traveling with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, having joined the team in May and served as Harris’ chief of staff.
One of Biden’s many campaign promises had included created an administration and Cabinet that looks like America, and it was expected he would be appointing more people of color than not. If Biden chooses either Jean-Pierre or Sanders to be his Press Secretary, she would make history as the first Black woman to have ever held the position.
She would be the first Black woman in that role.
Symone Sanders has also been discussed and has recently focused on Harris’ transition.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 18, 2020
Other names on the short list of women Biden is choosing from include Symone Sanders, who worked for Sen. Bernie Sanders (no relation) in 2016 and joined Biden’s 2020 team early in the campaign season; Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communication director when he was vice president, who has remained close to him and is also a potential candidate for White House communications director; and Jen Psaki, who has joined the transition team but may ultimately choose to remain at home with her young children.