Linda Douglass to Leave White House Next Week

Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:57pm

Linda Douglass, the longtime ABC correspondent who became President Barack Obama’s spokeswoman on health care reform, is leaving her job next week to spend more time with her family.

Douglass said Thursday that her decision to leave is “bittersweet,” but that after two years of working on health care reform, she is ready to cheer from the sidelines as the newly signed law takes effect. Douglass has served as director of communications for the White House Office of Health Reform since May 2009.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the president, and leaving this great team is bittersweet. After nearly two years of work that has been exhilarating and grueling in equal measure, I am going to step off the treadmill for a while and rediscover the experience of dining with my husband on a regular basis,” she said in a statement.

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said Douglass will “continue to be a valued advisor” to Obama and his staff.

“She was instrumental in the passage of historic health reform. We’ll miss her hard work and the cheer she brought to the effort,” he said in a statement.