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Kate Bedingfield, one of President Biden’s top advisers since 2015, will step down as White House communications director later this month, NBC News has learned. And Ben LaBolt, an Obama administration veteran who worked on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, will take office.

Bedingfield is the most recent member of Biden’s core group of advisers to leave the West Wing ahead of the president’s expected 2024 campaign launch. He had initially announced his intention to leave the administration last summer before deciding to stay on board until midterm elections.

Bedingfield entered Biden’s orbit in 2015 when he was still considering whether to join the 2016 presidential field. She continued as an informal adviser when he left office in 2017, before serving as deputy campaign manager for his 2020 campaign and then taking office. of communication director after taking office.

Among Biden’s tight-knit campaign team, she earned the nickname captain of the «kill team,» a reference to then-President Donald Trump’s assessment of Biden’s campaign team. She is likely to serve as a consultant to Biden’s re-election campaign if she runs, according to a source familiar with the matter.

LaBolt served as a spokesman for the then-senator. Barack Obama in Congress and later joined his 2008 campaign team. After serving as a White House spokesperson during Obama’s first term, she served as a senior spokesperson for Obama’s re-election campaign. He comes to the White House after serving as a partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a Democratic consulting firm, a role he took a brief leave of absence last year to serve as communications adviser for the confirmation of Biden’s first choice for the Court. Supreme.

In a statement, Biden called Bedingfield «a loyal and trusted adviser, through thick and thin.»

“She was a critical strategic voice from day one of my presidential campaign in 2019 and has been a key part of advancing my agenda in the White House. The country is better off as a result of her hard work and I am very grateful to her, and her husband and her two young children, for giving so much. Ben has big shoes to fill,” Biden said.

LaBolt will be the first openly gay person to serve as White House communications director. He takes office at a critical point as Biden refocuses his administration at a time of divided government, a looming campaign and a legal cloud of uncertainty as a special counsel investigates Biden’s handling of classified documents.