Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris Vice Presidential Portrait.jpg
Official portrait, 2021
49th Vice President of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byMike Pence
United States Senator
from California
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 18, 2021
Preceded byBarbara Boxer
Succeeded byAlex Padilla
32nd Attorney General of California
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
GovernorJerry Brown
Preceded byJerry Brown
Succeeded byXavier Becerra
27th District Attorney of San Francisco
In office
January 8, 2004 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byTerence Hallinan
Succeeded byGeorge Gascón
Personal details
Kamala Devi Harris[a]

(1964-10-20) October 20, 1964 (age 57)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 2014)
RelativesFamily of Kamala Harris
Residence(s)Number One Observatory Circle
  • Politician
  • lawyer
  • author

Kamala Devi Harris[a] (/ˈkɑːmələ ˈdvi/ (listen) KAH-mə-lə DAY-vee;[2][3] born October 20, 1964) is an American politician and attorney who is the 49th and current vice president of the United States. She is the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African American and first Asian American vice president.[4][5] A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017 and as a United States senator representing California from 2017 to 2021.

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 served as the junior United States senator from California from 2017 to 2021. 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 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 sought the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but withdrew from the race prior to the primaries. Joe Biden selected her as his running mate and their ticket went on to defeat the incumbent president, Donald Trump, and vice president, Mike Pence, in the 2020 election. Harris became vice president upon being inaugurated on January 20, 2021 alongside President Joe Biden.

  1. ^ Debolt, David (August 18, 2020). "Here's Kamala Harris' birth certificate. Scholars say there's no VP eligibility debate". The Mercury News. San Jose, California. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  2. ^ Thomas, Ken (February 15, 2013). "You Say 'Ka-MILLA;' I Say 'KUH-ma-la.' Both Are Wrong". The Wall Street Journal: 1.
  3. ^ Woodsome, Kate. "Opinion | You don't need to like Kamala Harris. But you should say her name properly". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 27, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Kalita, S. Mitra (August 12, 2020). "Kamala Harris' Indian roots and why they matter". CNN. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  5. ^ Sudeep, Theres (November 21, 2020). "Indian-origin politicians around the world". Deccan Herald. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Kamala D. Harris: US Senator from California". United States Senate. Archived from the original on October 14, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020. In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States senator for California, the second African-American woman, and first South Asian-American senator in history.
  7. ^ Weinberg, Tessa; Palaniappan, Sruthi (December 3, 2019). "Kamala Harris: Everything you need to know about the 2020 presidential candidate". ABC News. Retrieved August 10, 2020. Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, and is the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history.
  8. ^ Viser, Matt (January 21, 2019). "Kamala Harris enters 2020 Presidential Race". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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