Vice President of the United States
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Kamala Harris is the Democratic vice presidential nominee and running mate of presidential nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 election. She is the first African American and the first Asian American to receive a major party vice presidential nomination. Harris is a member of the U.S. Senate from California. She was first elected to the Senate in 2016, becoming the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. Harris serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget. As a senator, Harris has introduced and cosponsored legislation to raise wages for working people, reform our broken criminal justice system, make healthcare a right for all Americans, and expand access to childcare for working parents. Harris is a former attorney general of California and a former district attorney of San Francisco. She has spent her life fighting injustice. It’s a passion that was first inspired by her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, an Indian-American immigrant, activist, and breast cancer researcher. Her father, Donald J. Harris, is a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics who was born in the British Commonwealth of Jamaica. Born in Oakland, California, Harris is a graduate of Howard University and earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.