(BBR) - Former Vice President Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate this fall.

The moderate former prosecutor from California has spent her career breaking barriers.

Here's what we know:

  • She is the first Black and South Asian American woman chosen for national office by a major political party.
  • Harris, 55, follows Democrat Geraldine Ferraro, in 1984, and Republican Sarah Palin, in 2008, as only the third woman to be chosen as the running mate on a presidential ticket. 
  • In California, she was the first woman, and first Black woman, to serve as the state's top law enforcement official. She is the first Black woman from California to serve in the US Senate, and second from any state, after Illinois' Carol Moseley Braun. Harris is also the first person of Indian descent to appear on a presidential ticket.
  • If Biden defeats President Trump in November, Harris would become the first woman in US history to serve as vice president.

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