Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s director of communications, is leaving the administration, the White House said Friday.
“Since I have been vice president, Kate has been a loyal and trusted advisor through thick and thin,” Biden said in a statement. “He has been a critical strategic voice since day one of my presidential campaign in 2019 and has been a key part of advancing my agenda in the White House.”
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The full statement from the White House:
Kate Bedingfield, who served as White House communications director since President Biden’s inauguration, will leave the White House at the end of February and Ben LaBolt will replace him as White House communications director.
Bedingfield, who served as then-Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director in 2015-2016 and then as deputy campaign manager for his successful 2020 presidential race, played an integral role in the success of the first two years of the Biden-Harris administration. From the American bailout plan through the Inflation Reduction Act.
Before working under the president, Bedingfield held three White House communications leadership roles during the Obama-Biden administration: assistant communications director, deputy director of media affairs and director of rapid response. He was vice president of communications for the Motion Picture Association of America, vice president of communications for Memorial Sports and Entertainment, and Sen. for the US Senate in 2008. Jean was the communications director for Shaheen’s successful campaign. Bedingfield is a Georgia native and University of Virginia alumnus.
Bedingfield will be succeeded by Ben LaBolt, who worked with President Biden in this administration and during the Obama-Biden years.
Ben LaBolt served as chief of communications for the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and served as a nominations consultant during the Biden-Harris transition.
LaBolt has served on 3 presidential campaigns, including as Senior National Spokesperson for Obama-Biden in 2008 and as Obama-Biden National Press Secretary in 2012. LaBolt has congressional experience in both chambers, as Sherrod Brown’s first campaign communications director. to the Senate in 2006, as press secretary for Representative John Schakowsky and in 2007 as Senate press secretary for then-Senator Barack Obama.
He currently leads a communications and marketing agency with 200 staff and offices across the country, specializing in integrating strategic communications and digital marketing strategies to reach and persuade people across platforms where they consume information.
LaBolt is a native of La Grange, Illinois and an alumnus of Middlebury College. He is making history as the first openly gay White House communications director.
“Since becoming my vice president, Kate has been a loyal and trusted advisor through thick and thin,” said President Biden. “She has been a critical strategic voice since day one of my presidential campaign in 2019 and has been a key part of advancing my agenda in the White House. The country is better off as a result of her hard work, and I am so grateful that I have given her — and her husband and two young children — so much. Ben has big shoes to fill. I look forward to welcoming him as a first-class communicator who has demonstrated time and again his commitment to public service and a sophisticated understanding of how Americans use information. I watched him fight for Justice Jackson and put his all into helping us make history confirming our Cabinet and subcabinet nominees. He I am proud to join this team again.