WASHINGTON — Bully Pulpit Interactive’s Ben LaBolt has been tapped to serve as White House communications director, succeeding Kate Bedingfield who has been in the role since President Biden’s inauguration.

“Extremely grateful for the opportunity and honored to serve @POTUS. @WHCommsDir has built a world class communications team that has won hard fought, come from behind victories, and as the President said, I have big shoes to fill,” LaBolt wrote in a Tweet.

LaBolt, a BPI partner, will assume the role at the end of February, according to the White House.

LaBolt has a history with the Biden administration, most recently serving as an adviser to the president on communications and messaging around Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation process.

LaBolt also was an advisor to the Biden-Harris transition. He was previously the national press secretary for President Obama’s re-election campaign and a White House assistant press secretary.

Bedingfield, meantime, is stepping down from the role after her own long relationship with White House. She served as then-Vice President Biden’s communications director in 2015-2016 and then as deputy campaign manager for his successful 2020 presidential race. During her two years with the administration, she has handled communications around key initiatives including the American Rescue Plan the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Since my time as Vice President, Kate has been a loyal and trusted adviser, through thick and thin,” President Biden said in a statement. “She was a critical strategic voice from the very first day of my presidential campaign in 2019 and has been a key part of advancing my agenda in the White House. The country is better off as a result of her hard work and I’m so grateful to her — and to her husband and two young children — for giving so much. Ben has big shoes to fill. I look forward to welcoming him back as a first-rate communicator who’s shown his commitment to public service again and again, and who has a cutting-edge understanding of how Americans consume information. I saw him fight for Justice Jackson, and he put his all into helping us make history confirming our cabinet and subcabinet nominees. I’m proud to have him rejoin this team.”