, The election of Vice President for the 2020 elections, made by Joe Biden, comes from a family of immigrants, whose political roots and views greatly shaped him.
Here’s what we know about the senator’s family in California.
Her parents were civil rights activists
Harris grew up in a house with a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, emigrated from India in 1960 to attend the University of California, Berkeley and pursue a doctorate in endocrinology. Her father, Donald Harris, emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 to also attend Berkeley. Both of her parents were actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
“Becauseshte because of them and other people who also took to the streets to fight for justice that I am where I am. They threw the way for me, as only the second Black woman ever elected to the United States Senate,” Harris proudly shared on Instagram in June.
Her parents divorced when Harris was seven years old. Harris wrote in her memoir, “The Truths We Keep” that “they did not fight for money. The only thing they fought for was who got the books.” Although her father remained a part of their lives, Harris and her sister lived with their mother about whom she said: “it was she who was most responsible for forming us into the women we would become.”
Her father, Donald Harris, was a professor at Stanford University, where he taught economics classes. According to his bios on the Stanford website, his career took him across the globe and he has served as an economic adviser to the Government of Jamaica. He retired from Stanford in 1998.
While the vice-presidential candidate does not talk much about her father, she often mentions her mother, a successful breast cancer scientist, who died of colon cancer in 2009. “I am the daughter of a mother who destroyed all kinds of barriers.Shyamala Harris was not taller than five meters tall but if you ever met her you would think she was seven meters tall.She had such a spirit and perseverance and I am grateful every days he has grown up from her, “she wrote on Instagram on Mund.
“My mother taught us the importance of a good education. HeAi taught us the good value of old fashioned hard work. HeAi taught us not to let anyone tell you who you are. You tell them who you are. “He taught us not only to dream but to do. heAi taught us to believe in our power to justify what is wrong,” she wrote in another post.
Two days after announcing that she would be Biden’s choice, Harris reminded her mother on social media, “I very much wish she was here with us this week.”
She is close to her relatives in India
Harris’s mother often took him to India to visit their family there. “When I was a young girl visiting my grandparents in India, I would join my grandfather and his friends on their morning walk along the beach, as they would talk about the importance of fighting for democracy and civil rights. , “she wrote on Instagram.
“I come from a family of fighters,” she said at the Democratic convention in New Hampshire last year.
In a recent interview with Reuters partner ANI, Harris’s mother’s uncle Gopalan Balachandran said Biden ‘s announcement was a “historic day for the Indian community”.
“Our family feels happy and I feel happy that my sister, Shyamla, her mother, would have been very happy and proud of her daughter,” Balachandran said from his home in New Delhi. “It is a historic day in a number of ways for the Indian community for the first time entering a high political position.”
Her sister is a close political adviser
Maya Harris, Kamala’s younger sister, is “extremely proud” of her sister’s achievements. The 53-year-old has been on Harris’ side throughout her political journey.
She was the campaign leader for Harris’s presidential bid and the two are very close.
“I think most people who know Maya will tell you that she is one of the smartest people they know,” Kamala said in an interview with Politico. “The fact that she has volunteered to work on this campaign at such a high level, and is exactly who she has always been – she works around the clock and is probably the hardest, if not one of the most diligent people in the campaign. “I feel very blessed.”
Following Biden’s announcement, Harris’s younger sister echoed the role their mother played in their lives. “You can not know who Kamala Harris is without knowing who our mother was,” she tweeted.
Earlier this year, Maya announced that she has been battling lupus for the past three decades. She has a daughter, who often shares photos from her aunt, and two grandchildren.
Her husband is a lawyer and is a stepmother
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harris met Douglas Emhoff on a blind date, and they were married six years ago in Santa Barbara Court. The 55-year-old is an entertainment lawyer and partner at law firm DLA Piper, where he represents clients in “complex business, real estate and intellectual property dispute disputes,” according to his company bios.
Emhoff has been a supporter of his wife throughout her political career and bid for the White House.
After Harris announced she would end her presidential campaign, Emhoff shared a photo with the caption, “I have you. As always.”
If Biden wins the election, Emhoff will be the second gentleman of the country, whom Biden addressed during his first appearance with his election for VP on Wednesday. “Doug, you’re going to have to learn what it means to be a hindrance in this job you’re going to take on,” Biden said during his speech in Delaware.
The Brooklyn-born lawyer has two children, Cole and Ella, named after jazz legends John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald, from a previous relationship with Kerstin Emhoff, whom Harris calls a “dear friend.” The kids call the Vice Presidential candidate “Momala,” and Harris said they are “her endless source of pure love and joy.”
“They are brilliant, talented, funny kids who have grown up to be outstanding adults,” Harris said in an interview with Elle Magazine. “I was already addicted to Doug, but I believe it was Cole and Ella who brought me back.”
Cole is a graduate of Colorado College, and according to his LinkedIn profile, he is an executive assistant at Plan B. His sister, Ella, is a student at Parsons School of Design and she is an avid knitter by her on Instagram.