Yesterday, just hours before Kamala Harris was officially announced as Joe Biden‘s VP pick, Karine Jean-Pierre was announced as the chief of staff to the vice presidential candidate. The Haitian-American political campaigner, activist and lecturer – who has worked on presidential campaigns for John Edwards, Martin O’Malley and Barack Obama – becomes the first Black person to serve as chief of staff to a vice presidential candidate.
Confirming the news on Twitter, Jean-Pierre said she was “incredibly proud” to be working to elect Biden and Harris.
“Let’s go!” she added.
Jean-Pierre, who is openly gay, shares a daughter, Soleil, with her partner, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux.
She spoke about being LGBTQ and working in politics back in 2011.
Shortly after she left her position in the Obama administration, she told The Advocate: “What’s been wonderful is that I was not the only; I was one of many.
“President Obama didn’t hire LGBT staffers, he hired experienced individuals who happen to be LGBT.
“Serving and working for president Obama where you can be openly gay has been an amazing honour.
“It felt incredible to be a part of an administration that priorities LGBT issues,” she added.
Go, Karine! Help win this thing for us!
(via Pink News; photo: Avalon; Instagram)
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In January 2019, Haitian-AmericanKarine Jean-Pierre became a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. In August 2020, it was announced that Jean-Pierre would serve as the chief of staff for Joe Biden's running mate Kamala Harris. #JoeBiden #KamalaHarris #KarineJeanPierre #voteSmart #congratulations #vote2020