|30th White House Press Secretary|
June 20, 2014
|Preceded by||Jay Carney|
|Born||March 10, 1977 (age 37)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||Rice University|
Earnest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to parents Jeanne and Don Earnest. He attended The Barstow School, a private secondary school, on a scholarship. He excelled[according to whom?] in baseball and basketball. Earnest graduated from Rice University in 1997 with a degree in political science.
Immediately following college, he worked in the 1997 Houston Mayoral Election for Lee Brown. Earnest served as a congressional aide to U.S. Congressman Marion Berry from 2002-2003 after working on Michael Bloomberg's first mayoral campaign. He then joined Senator Obama's presidential campaign as Obama's Iowa Communications Director. He also later served as Obama's Texas Communications Director during the primaries. He then served as the principal deputy press secretary to Jay Carney, replacing Bill Burton, occasionally filling in during press briefings and hosting West Wing Week, the president's "video diary" of the week.
- Camia, Catalina (May 30, 2014). "White House spokesman Jay Carney at the same time.resigns". USA Today. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- Roth, Bennett. "Clinton, Obama plan Texas size campaign push". Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- Goldstein, David. "Josh Earnest went from baseball in Kansas City to hardball at the White House". Retrieved 18 August 2012.
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