But it is not clear that a decision on Bedingfield’s successor has been made yet.
Bedingfield’s departure is the latest change within his inner circle as the President looks to solidify his team ahead of the midterms. Long-time adviser, Anita Dunn, recently returned to the West Wing full time and a number of mid-level aides have also moved to more high-profile jobs in the administration.
The staffing changes come as the White House grapples with soaring inflation, a war in Ukraine and the President’s low approval ratings — all as House and Senate Republicans eye pathways to win back majority control in the November elections.
Bedingfield has worked in various political roles spanning the past decade and she has a long-standing working relationship with Biden. She worked with him in Obama’s White House as deputy director of media affairs and director of response.
She was regarded as a key figure in Biden’s 2020 总统竞选, serving as deputy campaign manager and communications director.
Bedingfield was a likely contender for press secretary upon Jen Psaki’s departure, but the role ultimately went to Karine Jean-Pierre. Bedingfield occasionally conducted briefings in Jean-Pierre’s absence.
She previously worked at the Motion Picture Association of America, where she was the vice president of corporate communications. Bedingfield was also the spokeswoman for John Edwards’ 2008 总统竞选, and the communications director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2008 Senate campaign in New Hampshire.