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Omaha's Symone Sanders will be chief spokeswoman for VP-elect Kamala Harris
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Omaha's Symone Sanders will be chief spokeswoman for VP-elect Kamala Harris

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OMAHA -- Omaha native Symone Sanders will serve as chief spokeswoman for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

President-elect Joe Biden announced Sanders' role on his history-making communications team Sunday.

Beginning Jan. 20, women for the first time will hold all of the White House’s top communications posts, according to the Washington Post.

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Sanders, who grew up in north Omaha, will serve the highest-ranking woman in the history of the executive branch, Harris.

In that role, Sanders will speak for the first woman of color on a presidential ticket and the first to win the job. Biden and Harris beat outgoing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Harris lauded the incoming administration's communications team in a statement:

"Our country is facing unprecedented challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice. To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will help us do that."

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Political observers had considered Sanders a top candidate to be spokeswoman for Biden. She had written about her desire to one day hold that job in her book, “No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America.”

This time, the podium went to Jennifer Psaki, a longtime Democratic party spokeswoman. The office will be led by Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s chief spokeswoman in the 2020 campaign.

Sanders is a graduate of Mercy High School and Creighton University. Her mother, Terri, is publisher of the Omaha Star, Nebraska's only Black-owned newspaper. She has said she is proud of all her daughter has accomplished.

Symone Sanders in 2020 served as a senior adviser to the Biden campaign. She served Bernie Sanders as press secretary during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Symone Sanders noted the history in a Sunday afternoon tweet, saying “AN ALL LADY SQUAD!”

She said she was honored to speak for Harris.

"Ready to serve accurately describes how I feel. Thank you Madam Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris for entrusting me with this charge. It has been the honor of my life to work for @JoeBiden & I am elated to have the opportunity to continue to that work in the PEOPLE'S HOUSE," she tweeted.

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