Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks on stage on the Chase Center earlier than President-elect Joe Biden’s tackle to the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has grow to be the primary girl to earn the title of vice president-elect after NBC News projected former Vice President Joe Biden to be the president-elect on Saturday.
Harris’ victory represents many firsts to return to the White House. As the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, she would be the first girl and first particular person to determine as Black and as South Asian-American within the function of vp. An alumna of Howard University, she would be the first vp to have graduated from a traditionally Black school and be a member of a Black sorority.
Harris ran her personal presidential marketing campaign this 12 months earlier than becoming a member of the Democratic ticket as Biden’s operating mate. At 56, the function positions her to be a robust contender for the presidency in future elections ought to she select to run once more.
Harris made her mark in politics in California, the place she served as San Francisco district lawyer earlier than happening to grow to be lawyer common of the state — the primary African-American to serve in that function.
Harris’ background as a prosecutor has made her a goal of criticism from progressives looking for legal justice reform. But Harris has argued she’s sought reform from inside her roles as a prosecutor.
As San Francisco DA, she promised to by no means search the death penalty. She saved that promise even when prosecuting an individual accused of killing a San Francisco Police Department officer, angering her political allies.
But she additionally took warmth for different insurance policies akin to a marketing campaign to fight truancy in San Francisco in an effort to scale back crime.
Harris took her prosecutorial chops to the U.S. Senate after being elected in 2016. Her abilities helped her grow to be a tricky interrogator in affirmation hearings for folks like Attorney General William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She additionally serves on committees for Intelligence, Homeland Security and Budget.
Throughout the marketing campaign, Harris has shared a quote from her mom, Shyamala, who she stated would usually inform her, “you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.”
Following a number of information networks’ projection of Biden and Harris’ victory, the vice president-elect wrote on Twitter that the election is “about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”
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