Harris was born in 1964 in Oakland, CA. She was the child of two immigrant parents but was raised by her mother after their divorce. Her mother, originally from India, was a successful cancer researcher, and her father, initially from Jamaica, is an economist and professor emeritus at Stanford University.
Harris earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics at Howard University and furthered her education by completing a law degree at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. After graduating law school in 1989, Harris began working as a deputy district attorney, and in 2004, Harris became a district attorney of San Francisco. By 2011, Harris had moved on to being attorney general of California and was then voted in as a U.S. senator of California, a job she is still currently working.
After dropping out of the Democratic Primary race, Harris was chosen as Joe Biden's running mate. If elected, she will make history as the first female Vice President, the first African American Vice President, and the first Vice President from Indian descent.