White House Hit by Another Senior Staff Departure

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
July 26, 2022 Updated: July 26, 2022

First lady Jill Biden’s longtime press secretary Michael LaRosa is leaving the White House, he confirmed Tuesday.

“For a kid from Easton, Pennsylvania, who only ever dreamed of stepping foot into this history-rich residence for a tour, working for First Lady Jill Biden in the White House has been the proudest and most rewarding experience of my life,” LaRosa said in a statement to The Washington Post about his departure. His last day is Friday.

LaRosa, a former MSNBC producer, joined Joe Biden’s campaign in 2019 as Jill Biden’s spokesman before he was named press secretary to the first lady in January of last year.

“I am forever grateful to her for taking a chance on me nearly three years ago, bringing me on this journey with her around the country, and the privilege of being a small part of the history,” he added to the paper.

Reports say LaRosa is planning to join Hamilton Place Strategies, a Washington-based public affairs company. It’s not clear who will be named to replace him as the first lady’s spokesperson.

“For nearly three years, from the campaign to the White House, Michael has brought an encyclopedic knowledge of politics and media to my team as my spokesperson and adviser,” Jill Biden told CNN. “On a small team, loyalty and friendship are lifelong—we will miss Michael. However, we are excited for him to begin a new chapter in his career.”

Other Departures

In recent months, the White House has seen a number of top communications officials leave. Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki left earlier this year before she was replaced by current press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Vice President Kamala Harris’s chief spokesperson Symone Sanders left her position in late 2021. And later, top Harris aides Tina Flournoy, Ashley Etienne, and Vincent Evans quickly followed Sanders.

Earlier in July, it was confirmed that White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield would be stepping down from her position. In confirming her exit, White House chief of staff Ron Klan said that Bedingfield “played a huge role” at the White House but will now “spend more time with her husband and young children.”

Before that, Cedric Richmond, a former congressman from Louisiana, had led Biden’s Office of Public Engagement but recently departed to work with the Democratic National Committee. Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms replaced him in the administration.

LaRosa’s departure comes several weeks after Jill Biden drew controversy for comparing Hispanic voters to breakfast tacos and mispronouncing the word bodega at an event in San Antonio, Texas. LaRosa later apologized on her behalf.

“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” he wrote on Twitter on July 12.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.