White House communications director Kate Bedingfield will leave at the end of the month. Bedingfield, a longtime Biden aide dating back to his time as vice president, will be replaced by Ben LaBolt, who served as an Obama White House press official and most recently joined the Biden administration on a temporary basis to assist with communications around the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, reports The Hill.
Bedingfield had originally announced plans to step down as communications director last summer, but reversed her decision and opted to stay on through the rest of the year.
“Since my time as Vice President, Kate has been a loyal and trusted adviser, through thick and thin,” Biden said in a statement.
Prior to her time working for President Biden, Bedingfield held three White House communications leadership roles during the Obama-Biden Administration: Associate Communications Director, Deputy Director of Media Affairs, and Director of Rapid Response. She was also the vice president of communications for the Motion Picture Association of America, vice president of communications at Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the director of communications for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s successful campaign for the US Senate in 2008.