Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks on stage at the Chase Center before President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the nation on November 7, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Is the first woman to receive the title of Vice President-Elect after NBC News named former Vice President Joe Biden as President-Elect on Saturday.
Harris’ victory marks a first for the White House. As the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, she will be the first woman and first person to identify as a Black Vice President and a South Asian American. A graduate of Howard University, she will be the first female vice president to graduate from historically black college and join a black sorority.
Harris ran her own presidential campaign that year before joining the Democratic ticket as Biden’s runner-up. At 56, her role makes her a strong candidate for the presidency in future elections should she choose to run again.
Harris made a name for herself in politics in California, where she served as the San Francisco District Attorney before becoming the state’s attorney general – the first African American to serve in the role.
Harris’ background as a prosecutor has made her a target of criticism from progressives seeking criminal justice reform. But Harris has argued that she was seeking reform within her role as prosecutor.
As a prosecutor in San Francisco, she promised never to seek the death penalty. She kept that promise even when she persecuted a person accused of killing a San Francisco Police Department officer and angered her political allies.
But she also used other measures, such as a truancy campaign in San Francisco, to reduce crime.
Harris brought her prosecutor to the U.S. Senate after her election in 2016. Her skills helped her become a tough interrogator at confirmation hearings as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the likes of Attorney General William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She is also a member of intelligence, homeland security and budget committees.
Throughout the campaign, Harris shared a quote from her mother, Shyamala, who she said would often tell her, “You may be the first to do a lot of things, but make sure you aren’t the last.”
After projecting the Biden and Harris victory on several news channels, the vice-president-elect wrote on Twitter that the election “is about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We still have a lot of work to do. Let’s get started.” . “
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