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Kamala Harris is 55 years old
Best known as: The Democratic nominee for vice president in the 2020 elections

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Kamala Harris Biography

Kamala Harris was elected as a United States senator from California in 2016, becoming the first Indian-American member ever in the U.S. Senate. In August of 2020, she was chosen by Joe Biden as his running mate on the Democratic ticket for the 2020 presidential elections.

Kamala Harris grew up in central California, then earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University (1986) and her law degree from Hastings College of Law (1989). During the 1990s, she worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County and in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office.

Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. She was then elected as California’s Attorney General in 2010 and again in 2014.

Harris was a high-profile District Attorney and Attorney General, making headlines for refusing to push the death penalty and for ignoring the popular vote on a referendum to ban gay marriage. She also earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor and reformer.

She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, taking over for Democrat Barbara Boxer, who retired. She announced her candidacy for president on January 21, 2019. She ended her campaign on December 3, 2019, saying in part that she could not raise the millions of dollars needed to continue.

Eight months later, Joe Biden picked her as his vice-presidential nominee for the elections that fall, running against incumbents Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

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Kamala Harris is of Jamaican and Indian descent… She is the second black woman elected to the U.S. Senate; Carol Moseley-Braun was the first (1993-99)… Kamala Harris dated Willie Brown when he was Speaker of California’s State Assembly (she was 29 and he was 60 when they met)… Her first name is pronounced “comma-lah.”


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