|Josh Earnest, 2011|
|White House Deputy Press Secretary|
February 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Bill Burton|
Kansas City, MO, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Rice University|
Josh Earnest is the White House Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. He replaced Bill Burton as White House Deputy Press Secretary and left the White House to be the press secretary for President Obama's re-election campaign.
Earnest was born in 1975 in Kansas City, Missouri to parents Jeanne and Don Earnest. He attended the Barstow School, a private secondary school on a scholarship. He excelled 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 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 currently serves as the principal deputy press secretary to Jay Carney and occasionally fills in during press briefings. He hosts West Wing Week, the president's "video diary" of the week.
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