Elizabeth Alexander (press secretary)

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Elizabeth Alexander
Press Secretary for the Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 2009 – 2011
Vice PresidentJoe Biden
Personal details
Elizabeth Evans Alexander
Spouse(s)David Wade
Alma materTexas A&M University (BA, 2001),
Georgetown Law School (J.D.)

Elizabeth Evans Alexander is a Washington lawyer. She served as Press Secretary to Vice President Joe Biden from 2009 to 2011.


Elizabeth Alexander began working for U.S. Senator Joe Biden in 2006, as Communications Director in his Senate office and for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of which he was chairman.[1][2] After the 2008 election, Vice President-elect Biden named her as his Press Secretary in December 2008, and she served in that role from his inauguration in January 2008[1] until June 2011. Biden announced in May of that year that she would soon be leaving his office to practice law.[3] Alexander was succeeded by Kendra Barkoff, the former Deputy Communications Director and Press Secretary to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.[4]

Previously, Alexander served as Press Secretary for the United Nations Foundation, creating media campaigns to highlight UN causes around the world. During the 2004 general election campaign, she traveled the country as DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe's press secretary.[1] During the 2004 primary campaign, she served as Rep. Dick Gephardt's South Carolina press secretary.[1] Prior, Alexander was Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) Communications Director and Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).[1][5]

Alexander is from Cleburne, Texas, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Elizabeth Alexander". whorunsgov.com - Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  2. ^ Rhee, Foon (December 16, 2008). "Another journalist switches sides". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  3. ^ "CHS grad leaving Biden press secretary office to practice law". Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  4. ^ "Vice President Biden Announces Staff Changes" (Press release). Obamawhitehouse.archives.gov. May 23, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Alexander, Congressional Staffer". Legistorm. Retrieved 2009-04-01.

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