Senator Sanders Congratulates Former Staffer on Becoming First Black Woman and Member of the LGBTQ Community to Be Named White House Press Secretary

James Sanders Jr.

May 06, 2022

Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki in the high-profile Press Secretary role beginning next week. (White House photo by Katie Ricks)

State Senator James Sanders Jr. said: “I would like to sincerely congratulate Queens Village native Karine Jean-Pierre, my former staffer during my time as a City Council Member, for being named the new White House Press Secretary making her the first black woman and member of the LGBTQ community to fill the role. I saw great potential in her when she held a leadership role on my staff and I see great potential in her now. This is such a momentous step forward for so many groups who have been marginalized in the past and creates a more diverse team in the presidential administration, demonstrating that President Biden is dedicated to surrounding himself with people who are representative of the diverse population of this country.”