Josh Earnest

Josh Earnest

Josh Earnest
30th White House Press Secretary
Assumed office
June 20, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jay Carney
Personal details
Born March 10, 1977 (age 37)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Rice University

Josh Earnest (born in March 10, 1977) is the current White House Press Secretary.

On May 30, 2014 President Obama announced that Earnest would replace Jay Carney as the White House Press Secretary.[1] He is the third person to serve in the position during the presidency of Barack Obama.


  • Early years 1
  • Career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early years

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 played 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.


  1. ^ Camia, Catalina (May 30, 2014). "White House spokesman Jay Carney at the same time.resigns".  
  2. ^ Roth, Bennett. "Clinton, Obama plan Texas size campaign push". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, David. "Josh Earnest went from baseball in Kansas City to hardball at the White House". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Josh Earnest on Twitter
Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary