What you should know about White House communications director Kate Bedingfield
Kate Bedingfield, the communications director for the Biden-Harris White House, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.
Bedingfield grew up near the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, where he played softball and gymnastics.
According to the Northside Neighbor, the now 39-year-old graduated from Riverwood High School in 2000 and the University of Virginia in 2004.
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When Democrats won the House of Representatives in 2006, Bedingfield went to Washington, D.C., where she worked as the regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
She worked as the deputy national press secretary for John Edwards’ presidential campaign in 2008, as well as the communications director for Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
Bedingfield served in the Obama administration as Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director and assistant communications director, as well as the deputy director of media affairs and the director of response.
During the 2020 presidential election, Bedingfield served as Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director.
Outside of politics, Bedingfield served as the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) chief spokeswoman and vice president of corporate communications, as well as the vice president of communications for Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she joined the MPAA in November of 2011.
In the spring of last year, Bedingfield was nominated to Fortune’s “40 under 40” list in the category of “Government and Politics.”
President Biden referred to Bedingfield as a “vital adviser” and “terrific asset” in a 2015 statement.
Bedingfield joins other Obama-era veterans Jen Psaki, Karine Jean Pierre, Elizabeth E. Alexander, and Ashley Etienne on an all-female senior communications team, the first of its kind.
The job “means a huge amount” to her and is a “enormous responsibility,” she told the Northside Neighbor in December.
“We spent a lot of time thinking about how we’re going to implement and execute the commitments that Biden made on the campaign trail,” she said.
“Preparing written materials, thinking through Q&A, and thinking about how we express Joe Biden’s priorities to the American people are all things that my staff is working on.” That’s a significant chunk of work.”
The second major task, according to Bedingfield, is to ensure that the government responds to reporters’ questions.
“We’re striving to repair confidence between the administration and the White House, as well as the press and the American people,” she continued.
Bedingfield tweeted on Nov. 29 said she was “unspeakably proud to have the opportunity to serve” and that working with “the wonderful women who are taking on these responsibilities together” would be an honour.
“One of the most important tasks of a President is to communicate directly and honestly with the American people, and this team will be charged with the immense responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” the president said in a statement the same day.
“I am pleased to announce today the formation of the first all-female senior White House communications staff.”
“These qualified, experienced communicators bring a wide range of perspectives to their job, as well as a common passion to making this country better,” he said.
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