Kamala Harris Sweetrocks Inspiring Woman
Kamala Harris is an American politician and former prosecutor serving as the junior United States senator from California since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Harris is the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election, running alongside former Vice President Joe Biden. She is the first African American and first Asian American to be chosen as the running mate of a major party’s presidential candidate.
Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She double-majored in political science and economics (B.A. 1986), interned as a mailroom clerk for California Senator Alan Cranston, chaired the economics society, led the debate team, demonstrated against apartheid, and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Harris returned to California, where in 1989 she earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.She passed the bar examination and gained admission to the State Bar of California on June 14, 1990.
Kamala began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2003, she was elected the 27th district attorney of San Francisco, serving until 2011.
Harris was narrowly elected Attorney General of California in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. She faced criticism from reformers for tough-on-crime policies she pursued while she was California’s attorney general. In November 2016, she defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to succeed outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer, becoming California’s third female senator, the second African-American woman and the first South Asian–American to serve in the United States Senate. As a senator, she has supported healthcare reform, federal de scheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, a ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform. She gained a national profile for her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings, including U.S. attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr, and Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.