Kamala D. Harris (US Senator, CA, Democrat)

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Kamala Devi Harris (/ˈkɑːmələ/ KAH-mə-lə;[2][3] born October 20, 1964) is an American politician and attorney, the junior United States senator from California, and the vice president-elect of the United States.

A member of the Democratic Party, she will become vice president on January 20, 2021, alongside President-elect Joe Biden, having defeated incumbent president Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence in the 2020 election. She will be the United States’ first female vice president, the highest-ranking female elected official in U.S. history, and the first Asian American and first African American vice president.[4][5]

Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2003, she was elected district attorney of San Francisco. She was elected Attorney General of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Harris has served as the junior United States senator from California since 2017. Harris defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to become the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate.[6][7] As a senator, she has advocated for healthcare reform, federal de-scheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, a ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform. She gained a national profile for her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings, including Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault.[8]

Harris ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and ended her campaign on December 3, 2019.[9] She was announced as Biden’s running mate on August 11, 2020. On November 7, 2020, the race was called in favor of the Biden–Harris ticket.

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