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Kamala Harris The Female Vice President of the United States

Family

Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California.

Both of her parents were immigrants; her Jamaican father taught economics at Stanford University and her Indian mother was a cancer researcher. Maya, her younger sister, became a public policy advocate.

Education

When Harris was 12, she moved to Montreal, Canada and attended Westmount High School.

Back in the United States, she graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. where she got her B.A in Political Science and Economics.

In 1989, she earned her J.D at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Professional Career

Harris started as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, later on becoming managing attorney of the Career Criminal Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in 1998. Eventually, she was appointed chief of its Community and Neighborhood Division in 2000.

She became San Francisco district attorney in 2003 and launched Back on Track,” an initiative focused on reducing recidivism among low-level trafficking defendants.

Accomplishments as Attorney General

In November 2010, she became both the first African American and woman attorney general in California.
  • Pulled out of negotiations for a settlement from the country’s 5 largest financial institutions for improper mortgage practices, scoring a $20 million payout in 2012.
  • Refused to defend Proposition 8, 2008 California ballot measure declared unconstitutional by a federal court.
  • Officiated the first same-sex marriage in 2013 in California
  • Lawsuit against the false advertising of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain

Senator

Harris was the second African American woman and first South Asian American to become U.S. senator.

The senator joined the chamber’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on the Judiciary and Committee on the Budget.

Harris also introduced a legislation to increase access to outdoor recreation sites in urban areas and provide financial relief for the rising financial costs.

Running for President

In 2019, she announced she was running for president in 2020, joining a field that included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to remove Donald Trump from the White House.

Her campaign sadly ended in early December 2019.

Making History

Joe Biden announced in August 2020 that he was choosing Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential elections. She is the fourth woman in American history chosen for a presidential ticket. On November 7, 2020, she became the first female, Black person and Asian American vice president when they obtained the majority of the electoral votes in the United States.
"OUR COUNTRY HAS SENT YOU A CLEAR MESSAGE: DREAM WITH AMBITION, LEAD WITH CONVICTION AND SEE YOURSELVES IN A WAY THAT OTHERS MAY NOT SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE…” - KAMALA HARRIS
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