Biden climate ambassador David Kieve, who is husband of communications director Kate Bedingfield, resigns from the White House
- David Kieve, a longtime Biden climate aide who worked on the 2020 presidential campaign, leaves administration
- He is married to White House communications director Kate Bedingfield
- The reasons for leaving are unclear
- Another senior climate official left last week
- Biden’s climate agenda is changing after Joe Manchin kills the Build Back Better bill
David Kieve, a longtime Biden climate aide who worked on the 2020 presidential campaign, leaves administration
President Joe Biden is losing a longtime environmental aide, one who worked on his presidential campaign and is married to one of his best advisers.
David Kieve, director of public engagement at the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, will step down from administration next week.
The reasons for his departure were not clear.
He is married to White House communications director Kate Bedingfield. And he worked on raising awareness among environmental and climate change groups during Biden’s 2020 campaign.
Kieve joins a few other senior administration officials heading for the exit as Biden approaches a year in office.
Another senior environmental official, Cecilia Martinez, who oversaw environmental justice at CEQ, resigned last week.
David Kieve is married to White House Director of Communications Kate Bedingfield – the couple are seen above with Biden and one of their children
In November, Emma Riley, the White House communications chief of staff, announced that she was leaving for the Labor Department. White House Personal Secretary Jessica Hertz resigned in October.
White House adviser Steve Ricchetti told NBC News Kieve has worked “tirelessly” for Biden since the start of the presidential primary.
“His advocacy and work on climate issues has made him an important ambassador for the President to the climate community, rallying their support for our ambitious agenda to tackle the climate crisis, the existential threat of our time,” said Ricchetti in a press release.
Kieve’s resignation comes at a critical time in President Biden’s climate agenda.
The president’s Build Back Better social safety net will contain several provisions to tackle climate change, but its fate is uncertain after Democratic Senator Joe Machin said he couldn’t back it in its current form.
Talks continue between Manchin and the White House, but it’s unclear what the final package will look like. The White House has said it has toned down some of its climate provisions at Manchin’s request, but he may ask for more as negotiations progress.
Biden has declared the public goal of reducing US greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030.
Kieve and Bedingfield married in January 2013. They have two children.
White House Personal Secretary Jessica Hertz resigned in October.
In November, White House communications chief of staff Emma Riley announced she was leaving for the Labor Department.
There is expected to be some exodus from the White House over the next few months as the president reaches the one-year mark in his administration. White House press secretary Jen Psaki initially said she was considering her one-year term, although she later clarified that she would stay longer if necessary.
In contrast, Vice President Kamala Harris has lost seven senior staff since her disastrous trip to the southern border on June 25. staff and Harris’.
Harris’ director of press operations Peter Velz left last week for a position with the State Department.
His announcement came the day after his colleague Vince Evans confirmed his departure from the vice president’s office to replace Kyle Anderson as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Harris chief spokesperson Symone Sanders stepped down at the end of December. On Monday, MSNBC announced it would join their network to host a weekend show.
Its exit follows the departure of Ashley Etienne, Harris’ former communications director, who left in November.