(CNN) – A veteran of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and of the Obama White House will now serve as press secretary for the president's 2012 re-election campaign.
Sources confirm to CNN that Ben LaBolt will join the Obama re-election campaign after the May 16 inauguration of Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago. The 29 year-old LaBolt was the communications director for the former White House chief of staff's successful campaign for Chicago mayor.
The Illinois native has a long history of working with the president, serving as press secretary in Obama's Senate office, deputy press secretary for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and assistant press secretary and spokesman for all things related to justice, the counsels office, nominations to the Supreme Court, energy, and the environment. LaBolt left the White House last autumn to join Emanuel's bid for Chicago mayor.
LaBolt will report to campaign manager Jim Messina.
Katie Hogan will serve as deputy press secretary. The Chicago native was White House associate director of press advance the past two years. Hogan also worked on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and on Sen. Maria Cantwelll of Washington's 2006 re-election campaign.
The Chicago Tribune first reported the news of LaBolt and Hogan.
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