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Kamala Harris: A Brief Introduction

In 2020 the first woman, first black, and first Indian-American was elected as the Vice President of the United States of America.

In 2020, the United States of America elected Kamala Harris as the first woman, first black, and first Indian-American Vice President.

Kamala Harris, popularly known as ‘female Obama’ has scripted history in so many ways and this monumental election paves the way for young girls everywhere.

After a lifetime of public service, Kamala Harris was elected Vice President, having been elected as District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and a United States Senator.

As Vice President, she will be a heartbeat away from leading the United States.

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Vice President Harris was born in Oakland and grew up in Berkeley, California to parents who emigrated from India and Jamaica.

Her mother, a cancer researcher and civil rights activist, primarily brought her up.

Surrounded by a diverse community and an extended family, Harris grew up.

Being activists, her parents instilled Harris with a strong sense of justice.

They brought her to civil rights demonstrations and introduced role models—ranging from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to civil rights leader Constance Baker Motley—whose work motivated her to become a prosecutor.

Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office in 1990, where her prime focus was on prosecuting cases of child sexual assault. She then served as a managing attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later was Chief of the Division on Children and Families for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.

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In 2017, Vice President Harris was sworn into the United States Senate. In her first speech, she spoke out on behalf of immigrants and refugees. As a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, she fought for better protections for Dreamers and called for better oversight of substandard conditions at immigrant detention facilities.

On the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, she worked with members of both parties to keep the American people safe from foreign threats and crafted bipartisan legislation to assist in securing American elections. She visited Iraq, Jordan, and Afghanistan to meet with servicemembers and assess the situation on the ground. She also served on the Senate Judiciary Committee. During her tenure on the committee, she participated in hearings for two Supreme Court nominees. 

As Senator, Vice President Harris championed legislation to combat hunger, provide rent relief, improve maternal health care, and address the climate crisis as a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Her bipartisan anti-lynching bill passed the Senate in 2018.

She signed into law legislation to preserve Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as her effort to infuse much-needed capital into low-income communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kamala Harris: A Brief Introduction,Kamala Harris: A Brief Introduction

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