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Joe Biden Names Jen Psaki As White House Press Secretary — Meet Her Husband, Gregory Mecher

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President Joe Biden named Jen Psaki, a former White House communications director under the Obama administration, as his first press secretary.

Psaki is leading a team composed of all women, including Kate Bedingfield, Symone Sanders, Elizabeth Alexander, Ashley Etienne, Karine Jean-Pierre, and Pili Tobar. Psaki has promised to bring a different tone to press briefings than her predecessors and has pledged to instill civility, truth, and transparency in her role.

As we meet more of Biden's staff, we’re finding out more and more information about his team, their career background, and of course, their family life — and Jen Psaki is no different. 

The Connecticut-native is married to Gregory Mecher, who has had his fair share of work in the offices of Democratic leaders. 

Who is Jen Psaki’s husband, Gregory Mecher?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about Jen Psaki’s husband of over a decade, Gregory Mecher. 

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He also works in the political field.

Mecher has previously worked in the offices of former U.S. Representatives Steve Driehaus and Patrick Kennedy.

He was also Chief of Staff for Rep. John Kennedy III and worked with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a deputy finance director at the DCCC. Mecher is originally from Cincinnati and studied communications at Northern Kentucky University. 

Greg Mecher and Jen Psaki met at work.

The pair both had gigs with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the mid-2000s, and Psaki’s desk was only about 20 feet from Mecher’s. 

Mecher worked as a deputy finance director for the DCCC at the time and often traveled with Rahn Emmanuel, who was the chairman of the DCCC at the time. Psaki had a communications gig with the DCCC at the time and also worked closely with Emmanuel.

While the couple was rarely in the office together at the same time— thanks to their heavy travel schedules— when they did find themselves in the same room, Mecher said it was hard to get her attention.

"But when she's at work, she's very focused — it's like tunnel vision," Mecher said.

"Whenever I would do it, she had the headset on, talking on the phone, the BlackBerry she was typing on and the actual computer in front of her where she was talking to someone else . . . so there was no way to accidentally get her attention,” he added.

He asked her out via email.

Mecher did finally get Psaki's attention in an unconventional way after he asked his future wife out by email. The pair had spoken a handful of times in shared cab rides and at a bar near the office. 

Upon receiving the email, Psaki immediately responded with a “yes.”

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"I actually got really nervous," he recalled.

"Which was really weird. I was 30 years old. I've asked a few girls out before," he added. 

"I've never been nervous about it in my life."

They’ve been married since 2010.

The pair stayed together throughout Psaki's work on the Obama campaign, even surviving long-distance for months at a time.

Mecher proposed to Psaki at their home in 2009, and the pair were married nearly a year later on May 8, 2010 in Maryland in a ceremony attended by many White House press staff.

"It may seem cliche, but I just kind of knew," Mecher said of meeting his now-wife.

"We got together and got along very well and it just sort of worked," he said. "And it was good."

Greg Mecher and Jen Psaki have two young children together.

Although the couple leads a relatively normal and private life, Psaki sometimes posts about her two young children, on her Twitter account. And many working moms will relate!

“Bracing for a 2 and a 5 yr old to burst in while I talk about my former boss ⁦@BarackObama⁩ speech and ⁦@KamalaHarris⁩ making history on ⁦@NewDay,” she wrote on August 20, 2020.

He's a pretty private person.

Though Psaki is now a recognizable face in the Biden administration, her family life is kept out of the spotlight.

Both Mecher and Psaki's Instagram accounts are private, and Mecher not very active on Twitter, either. 

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Olivia Jakiel is an editor and writer who covers celebrity and entertainment news. Follow her on Instagram and keep up with her zingers on Twitter