Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris, making the senator from California the first candidate for Black Vice President. She is also South America’s first candidate on a presidential ticket, and only the third woman to be nominated for vice president.
Harris also ran for the Democratic nomination for president, but shein December and approved Biden in Mars. Harris, 55, is currently the only Black woman serving in the Senate.
Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 10, 1964 in Oakland, California. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a Tamil breast cancer scientist who emigrated from India in 1960 to pursue a doctorate in endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her father, Donald Harris, emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 to study at UC Berkeley and was a professor at Stanford University. She has a younger sister, Maja, who is now a close political adviser.
Gopalan died in 2009 of colon cancer. Harris often referred to her mother while on the campaign trail, attributing quotes from her mother in her speeches. “My mother always said, ‘Kamala you can be the first to do a lot of things, make sure you are not the last,'” Harris often said.
Harris received her undergraduate degree from Howard University, where she was a. Her sorority, known as AKA, has a . Harris received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
Harris’s long career as a prosecutor could be an aid to Biden, though critics have raised concerns about her record as a district attorney and California attorney general. After graduating from law school in 1990, Harris was hired as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California. She also served on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and later the California Medical Aid Commission.
In 1998, she was hired as an assistant attorney in San Francisco. Two years later, she joined the San Francisco city government in the city attorney’s office, where she headed the Family and Child Services Division. Harris was elected district attorney in 2003 after an opposing race against Terence Hallinan, who initially recruited him to the district attorney’s office. Harris served as San Francisco County attorney until 2010, when she won the race to become attorney general.
Critics of Harris argue that she did not do enough while the attorney general to reduce the prison population in California or to investigate police shootings. They also tell about her data to keep high sentences for wrongful sentences. However, Harris argues that it was tough against gangs and traffickers, but also promoted some progressive programs like on-the-job training for low-level offenders.
Harris was elected to the Senate in 2016 after seats were vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Boxer. As a member of the influential Senate Trial and Intelligence Committees, Harris has raised her profile by gathering Trump administration candidates such as. However, Harris has also worked with Republican senators on legislation, and Judicial Committee chairman Lindsey Graham has been described as “smart” and “tough.”
iton January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and her campaign logo was inspired by Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president nearly five decades ago. She attracted more than 20,000 at her campaign start rally in late January and was considered a top-level competitor. She got a boost from the attack of her debate on Biden on the bus, but within days, her view on the topic spread.
And Harris changed her stance on Medicare for All during the presidential campaign. Although she sponsored Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All in the Senate bill in 2017, she walked away from that stance in the campaign tracks. Unlike Sanders, Harris did not call for the complete elimination of private insurance. Her campaign proposed a system in which people could either buy government-administered Medicare plans or buy Medicare plans from private companies.
After trying to raise funds, shein December 2019, before the votes were cast. “I’m not a billionaire. I can not fund my campaign,” she said. “And as the campaign has continued, it has become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”
Although she was criticized by some progressives for her time as attorney general, Harris has mostly signed on progressive bills while in the Senate. Along with congressional black group Congressman and Senator Cory Booker, she is a sponsor of the broad police reform bill called the “Police Justice 2020 Act” which passed the House in June.
Harris married Doug Emhoff in 2014. Emhoff has two children from a previous marriage, whom they call Harris “Momala”. Emhoff is a lawyer who focuses on entertainment, sports and business complexes, real estate and intellectual property litigation.