The first Black and Indian American woman to represent California in the United States Senate, Kamala Harris has been picked up by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate on Tuesday. She is the first Asian-American on a major presidential ticket.
Daughter of an Indian mother from Chennai, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who was a cancer researcher and passed away in 2009, and Jamaican father Donald Harris, who teaches economics at Stanford University, Kamala grew up believing in the promise of America and fighting to make sure that promise is fulfilled for all Americans.
.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals.
I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020
Describing Kamala Harris as the “most horrible” member of the US Senate, President Donald Trump said he was “surprised” that Joe Biden had picked her as his vice presidential candidate. He also called Harris “the meanest” Senator.
He also took to Twitter to put forth his views on Harris though a video post. The messaging is loud and clear: Slow Joe and Phony Kamala. Perfect Together. Wrong for America.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2020
Former Us President Barack Obama however has said that Harris is perfect for the job. Joe Biden on his part too has appealed to Americans to make them win the elections while explaining his choice of picking Kamala as his running mate.
Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KAMALA HARRIS
Kamala’s father immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica to study economics and her mother immigrated from India
Kamala and her younger sister Maya Harris were still very young when their parents separated
Kamala graduated from Howard University and earned a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law
Kamala started fighting for working families in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on prosecuting child sexual assault cases. From there, she became the first Black woman elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney
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In 2010, Kamala became the first Black woman to be elected California Attorney General, overseeing the country’s second largest Justice Department, only behind the U.S. Department of Justice
Kamala worked to protect Obamacare, helped win marriage equality for all, defended California’s landmark climate change law and won a $1.1 billion settlement against a for-profit education company that scammed students and veterans
Kamala also fought for California communities and prosecuted transnational gangs who drove human trafficking, gun smuggling and drug rings
Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Kamala has introduced and co-sponsored legislation to help the middle class, increase the minimum wage, reform cash bail, and defend legal rights of refugees and immigrants
— Maya Harris (@mayaharris_) August 12, 2020
Kamala serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that deals with the nation’s most sensitive national security and international threats.
Kamala also serves on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where she oversees the federal government’s response to natural disasters and emergencies, including Trump administration’s response to COVID-19
On the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kamala has held Trump administration officials accountable and was a powerful voice against President Trump’s judicial nominations
Kamala has been married to her husband Doug for the past six years. She is the stepmother of two children
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