Kamala Harris is the first female vice-president in U.S. history
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Kamala Harris has become vice-president-elect of the United States, the first in history that a woman, and a woman of color, has been elected to such a position in the White House.
According to The Guardian, Joe Biden won the presidency by clinching Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral voters on Saturday morning. The win in Pennsylvania reportedly took Biden’s electoral college vote to 284, surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House.
Harris, a California senator who is of Indian and Jamaican heritage, will be the first woman of mixed race to serve as vice-president
Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is an American politician and attorney. A member of the Democratic Party, she is set to assume office on January 20, 2021, alongside President-elect Joe Biden, having defeated incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the 2020 presidential election. Harris has served as the junior United States senator from California since 2017. Being of both Indian Tamil and Afro-Jamaican ancestry, Harris is a multiracial American. Harris will be the first Asian-American, the first African-American, and the first female vice president in U.S. history. She will be the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.
Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She 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 district attorney of San Francisco. She was elected Attorney General of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
Harris defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to become the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate. As a senator, she has advocated for healthcare reform, federal descheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, a ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform.
Source: Asia Plus