Kate Bedingfield
Kate Bedingfield

Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director, will exit her post at the end of the month.

Ben LaBolt, partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive and longtime Biden advisor, will succeed Bedingfield.

Biden called Bedingfield “a loyal and trusted advisor, through thick and thin.” He said LaBolt "has big shoes to fill."

Bedingfield, who has led communications for Biden for the past four years and was his spokesman during his vice presidency, had originally planned to leave the White House last summer but then opted to stay through 2022.

Prior to advising Biden, Bedingfield was VP-communications at both the Motion Picture Assn. of America and Monumental Sports and Entertainment.

She also handled communications for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s successful New Hampshire campaign.

LaBolt headed communications for the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and advised the Biden-Harris transition on nominations.

The White House announcement notes that LaBolt is making history as its first openly gay communications director.