She will succeed Shailagh Murray, who was appointed senior adviser to President Barack Obama.
Bedingfield joined the MPAA in 2011, before which she was associate communications director at the White House. She also served as deputy director of media affairs and director of response. She was communications director for Jeanne Shaheen’s Senate campaign in 2008. She also was a spokeswoman for John Edwards’ presidential campaign that cycle.
“She will be a key adviser to me, a terrific asset to our office and an important member of the entire White House organization,” Biden said in a statement.
MPAA chairman Chris Dodd said, “In her tenure at the MPAA and as our chief spokesperson, Kate’s proven to be a trusted adviser and a strategic thinker that I turned to for guidance on communicating the number of complex issues our studios face every day in the U.S. and around the world. I want to thank Kate for her hard work, and am confident she will serve Vice President Biden with the same energy and commitment to excellence that she demonstrated at the MPAA. I wish her all the best.”
Biden is considering entering the presidential race, and according to multiple media reports met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over the weekend.