Desiree's Replacement Is Former Durbin Staffer

White House announces Julianna Smoot as Social Secretary

By Marcus Riley
|  Monday, Mar 1, 2010  |  Updated 7:20 AM CDT
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Julianna Smoot will replace Desiree Rogers as White House Social Secretary.

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The White House social agenda must move on.

A day after Chicago's Desiree Rogers resigned as White House Social Secretary, a successor is already in place.

The White House announced Saturday that Julianna Smoot has been named Deputy Assistant to the President and Social Secretary.

Smoot was U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk's Chief of Staff and previously worked for Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.

"Julianna shares our commitment to creating an inclusive, dynamic and culturally vibrant White House, and Michelle and I are pleased to have her join our team," President Obama said in a released statement.

Rogers departed after presiding over 330 events at the White House, the most famous of which -- the Obamas' first state dinner -- became known as Crashergate and embroiled Rogers in national controversy.

Rogers will be seeking opportunities in the corporate sector, according to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet, though it wasn't immediately clear whether she would stay in D.C. or return to Chicago.

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