(BBR) Here is a look at the life of Kamala Harris, a US senator from California and 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee.


Birth date: October 20, 1964
Birth place: Oakland, California
Birth name: Kamala Devi Harris
Father: Donald Harris, an economics professor
Mother: Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a physician
Marriage: Douglas Emhoff (2014-present)
Education: Howard University, B.A. political science and economics, 1986; University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1989
Religion: Baptist

Other Facts

First African-American, first woman and first Asian-American to become attorney general of California.
First South Asian-American attorney general in the nation.
First Indian-American and second African-American woman to serve as a senator.
She is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants.
Grew up attending a black Baptist church and a Hindu temple.
Her name comes from the Sanskrit word meaning "lotus" flower.


1990-1998 - Serves as deputy district attorney for Alameda County, California.
1998 - Is named managing attorney of the Career Criminal Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
2004-2011 - District attorney of San Francisco.
2009 - "Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make Us Safer" is published.
January 3, 2017-present - Serves in the US Senate.
December 5, 2018 - Accepts the resignation of Larry Wallace, a senior aide, after accusations of harassment surface from the time that he worked with her at the California Department of Justice.
January 8, 2019 - Harris' memoir, "The Truths We Hold: An American Journey," and picture book, "Superheroes Are Everywhere," are published.
January 21, 2019 - Announces she is running for president in a video posted to social media at the same time she appears on ABC's "Good Morning America."
October 30, 2019 - In a memo to staff and supporters, Harris' campaign manager says the campaign will cut staff and expenses to focus on strategy in Iowa. It will lay off staffers in her Baltimore headquarters and deploy staff from New Hampshire, Nevada and California to Iowa.
March 8, 2020 - Harris endorses Joe Biden for president.
August 11, 2020 - Biden names Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major political party's presidential ticket.

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