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Kamala Harris, junior United States senator, is the first African-American, the first Asian-American, and the third female vice presidential running mate on a major party ticket.

She ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and attracted national attention before ending her campaign on December 3, 2019. She was announced as former vice president Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 election on August 11, 2020.

Joe Biden won the U.S. presidential election, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, and Kamala Harris became United States Vice President-elect: first woman to be vice president, first woman of color to be vice president, first woman of South Asian descent, first daughter of immigrants.

United States Senator
from California


Assumed office
January 3, 2017

Serving with Dianne Feinstein

Preceded by Barbara Boxer
32nd Attorney General of California
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown
Preceded by Jerry Brown
Succeeded by Xavier Becerra
27th District Attorney of San Francisco
In office
January 8, 2004 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Terence Hallinan
Succeeded by George Gascón
Personal details

Kamala Devi Harris

Political party Democratic

Douglas Emhoff

(m. 2014)

Parents Donald J. Harris
Shyamala Gopalan
Relatives Maya Harris (sister)
Meena Harris (niece)
P. V. Gopalan (grandfather)
Education Howard University (BA)
University of California, Hastings (JD)
Website Campaign website



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Kamala Harris' Full 2020 Victory Speech in Wilmington, Delaware


Harris delivered her first speech as United States Vice President-elect on Saturday night Nov. 7, 2020, in an all-white suit, paying homage to suffragettes of the 20th century who worked to get women the right to vote in the United States.

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