Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris
Senator Harris official senate portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from California
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Serving with Dianne Feinstein
Preceded byBarbara Boxer
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

(1964-10-20) October 20, 1964 (age 55)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Douglas Emhoff (m. 2014)
ParentsShyamala Gopalan (mother)
Donald Harris (father)
RelativesMaya Harris (sister)
WebsiteSenate website

Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is the junior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she became one of California’s senators in the United States government in 2017. Before she took the position of senator, Harris was the State Attorney General from 2011 - 2017.[1]

On January 21, 2019, Harris announced her candidacy for President of the United States in the 2020 election. She ended her campaign on December 3, 2019. After Joe Biden won the nomination, he picked Harris as his running mate for Vice President.[2]

Early Life[change | change source]

Harris was born at Oakland Medical Center in Oakland, California[3]. She is Tamil Indian American and Jamaican American. Her parents are Shyamala Gopalan Harris (Chennai-born native Tamilian) and Donald Harris. Both Shyamala and Donald Harris studied at the University of California, Berkeley. Harris’ parents divorced in 1971, and in 1976, Harris moved to Canada with her mother and sister. Harris went to college at Howard University in 1986, and got a degree in political science.

Career[change | change source]

In 1989, Harris became a lawyer after studying at Hastings College of Law at the University of California. She worked in the office of the District Attorney of Alameda in 1990. In 1998, Harris left to work for the District Attorney’s office in San Francisco. In 2003, Harris became the District Attorney of San Francisco.

She worked as the Attorney General of California until 2017, when she became a senator for California.[4]

2015 Senate Run[change | change source]

At the start of 2016, Harris said that she would attempt to become senator after Barbara Boxer said that she would not work as a senator for the next term. Harris won the position in 2016, and became a senator on January 3, 2017.[5]

2020 presidential campaign[change | change source]

On January 21, 2019, she officially announced her campaign for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election.[6] After months of falling polling numbers and low campaign money raised, she ended her campaign on December 3, 2019.[7]

On August 11, 2020 Biden picked Harris as his running mate.

References[change | change source]

  1. Shenkman, Kenneth (2018). "Harris, Kamala". World Book Advanced. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. "Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate". August 11, 2020.
  3. "What California Knows About Kamala Harris". North Coast Journal. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  4. Newsmakers (2017). "Kamala Harris". Student Resources In Context. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. "Kamala D. Harris". Biography in Context. March 8, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. Reston, Maeve (January 21, 2019). "Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020". CNN.
  7. Cadelago, Christopher (December 3, 2019). "Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race". Politico. Retrieved December 3, 2019.

Other websites[change | change source]