Kate Bedingfield
Kate Bedingfield

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield is exiting later this month. According to a briefing from the White House, she is leaving to spend more time with her husband and children.

Before heading up the Biden administration's communications department, Bedingfield served as deputy campaign manager and communications director for the President's 2020 campaign. She also worked with Biden in Obama's White House as deputy director of media affairs and director of response.

She previously worked at the Motion Picture Association of America, where she was the vice president of corporate communications. In addition, Bedingfield served as spokeswoman for John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign and communications director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's 2008 Senate campaign in New Hampshire.

Bedingfield's departure follows that of former press secretary Jen Psaki in May. Psaki was succeeded by Karine Jean-Pierre.

"From long before we launched the campaign, Kate Bedingfield was a fierce defender of the President and ensured that our message in 2020 and in the White House was consistent with his voice and principles," said White House senior advisor (and SKDKnickerboker founding member) Anita Dunn.