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Who is Jen Psaki?

Jen Psaki, born December 1, 1978, is an American political advisor serving as the 34th and current White House press secretary. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the Obama administration as the White House deputy press secretary (2009); the White House deputy communications director (2009–2011); the spokesperson for the United States Department of State (2013–2015); and the White House communications director (2015–2017). Psaki was a political contributor for CNN from 2017 to 2020.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused of violating Hatch Act

Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington accused White House press secretary Jen Psaki Friday of violating the Hatch Act after her comments on the Virginia gubernatorial race.

When asked about the governor’s race during a Thursday press briefing, Psaki said Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has the backing of President Joe Biden.

“I think the President, of course, wants former Governor McAuliffe to be the future governor of Virginia,” Psaki said only weeks before the Nov. 2 election. “We’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”

CREW addressed a letter to the White House Office of Special Counsel requesting an investigation into whether Psaki violated the Hatch Act — a federal law prohibiting executive branch employees from “activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, partisan political candidate, or partisan political group.”  

“By mixing official government business with the support of a candidate for partisan political office in the weeks before the election and engaging in political activity while on duty, Ms. Psaki appears to have used her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election, a political activity that is prohibited by law,” the letter states.

Jen Psaki Biography, Wiki

Jen Psaki was born on December 1, 1978, in Stamford, Connecticut, United States.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in English and Sociology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. While at the university she was a competitive backstroke swimmer for the William & Mary Tribe athletic team for two years.

Jen is the White House Press Secretary for the Biden administration. She made her debut as the White House press secretary on January 20, 2020, and promised to bring civility, truth, and transparency in her exchanges with reporters. She previously worked at the White House during Obama’s administration serving as a department spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State. She later became a White House communication director in 2015, a position she held until the end of the Obama administration.

She began her career working at entry-level positions in Washington, D.C., and briefly wound up in Iowa, where she worked on campaigns for former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin.

She later worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She became a traveling press secretary for Barack Obama during his first presidential run, eventually serving as deputy press secretary and deputy communications director during Obama’s first term, where she was a frequent on-air representative.

In 2011 she became a senior vice president and managing director at New York-based public affairs firm Global Strategy Group (GSG) in its D.C. office, later returning for Obama’s re-election campaign.

Jen Psaki Biography
Jen Psaki
Full NameJennifer Rene Psaki
BornDecember 1, 1978 (age 42)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gregory Mecher ​(m. 2010)​
Children2
EducationCollege of William & Mary (BA)

Jen Psaki Career

Psaki began her career in 2001 with the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin for the U.S. Senate and Tom Vilsack for governor. Psaki then became deputy press secretary for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. From 2005 to 2006, Psaki served as communications director to U.S. representative Joseph Crowley and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Obama administration

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Psaki served as traveling press secretary. After Obama won the election, Psaki followed Obama to the White House as Deputy Press Secretary and was promoted to Deputy Communications Director on December 19, 2009, On September 22, 2011, Psaki left this position to become senior vice president and managing director at the Washington, D.C., office of public relations firm Global Strategy Group.

In 2012, Psaki returned to political communications as press secretary for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. On February 11, 2013, Psaki became a spokesperson for the United States Department of State. Her hiring at the Department of State fueled speculation that she would replace White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when he left the White House, but, on May 30, 2014, it was announced that Josh Earnest would replace Carney. In 2015, she returned to the White House as communications director and stayed through the end of the Obama administration.

On February 7, 2017, Psaki began working as a political commentator on CNN.

White House Press secretary

In November 2020, Psaki left CNN and joined the Biden-Harris transition team. Later that month, Psaki was named as the White House press secretary for the Biden administration. She held her first press briefing on the evening of January 20, after the inauguration.

On May 6, 2021, in an interview with a former senior advisor to President David Axelrod, Psaki suggested she would depart from the position of press secretary “in about a year from now”.

Jen Psaki Husband and Kids

Jen is married to Gregory Mecher, the couple got married on May 8, 2010, at Woodlawn Farm in Ridge, Maryland. Gregory is a Democratic political aide whose recent position was as chief of staff for Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts.

Jen Psaki with her husband Gregory Mecher
Jen Psaki with her husband Gregory Mecher

The couple met while Mecher was a deputy finance director at the DCCC while Psaki was handling the media for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Rahm Emanuel, then chairman of the DCCC. The two both had heavy travel schedules but occasionally found themselves at DCCC headquarters at the same time.

Mecher asked Psaki out to dinner via email. She quickly wrote back saying yes. During dinner, they talked about their parents and siblings and shared high school swimming careers. Mecher proposed at home in March 2009.

Jen and her husband have two children together. One of her daughters, Genevieve (Vivi) Mecher gained fame after then US President Barack Obama was pictured with her while crawling on the floor of the presidential office.

Jen Psaki Salary and Net Worth

Her salary as press secretary is thought to be about (USD) $183,000 per year. She has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Jen Psaki FAQ’s

Who is Jen Psaki?

Jen Psaki, born December 1, 1978, is an American political advisor serving as the 34th and current White House press secretary. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the Obama administration as the White House deputy press secretary (2009); the White House deputy communications director (2009–2011); the spokesperson for the United States Department of State (2013–2015); and the White House communications director (2015–2017). Psaki was a political contributor for CNN from 2017 to 2020.

Why is Jen Psaki accused?

Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington accused White House press secretary Jen Psaki Friday of violating the Hatch Act after her comments on the Virginia gubernatorial race.

What is Jen Psaki’s net worth?

Her salary as press secretary is thought to be about (USD) $183,000 per year. She has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Who is Jen Psaki’s husband?

Jen is married to Gregory Mecher, the couple got married on May 8, 2010, at Woodlawn Farm in Ridge, Maryland. Gregory is a Democratic political aide whose recent position was as chief of staff for Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts.

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