Kamala Devi Harris is an American politician and the vice president-elect of the United States. We have covered the life of Kamala Harris in this blog.
The Early life of Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, on October 20, 1964.
Her mother Shyamala Gopalan introduced her to Hinduism and took her to a nearby Hindu temple, where she occasionally sang. As children, she and her sister visited their mother’s family in Madras several times.
She says she has been strongly influenced by her maternal grandfather P. V. Gopalan, a retired Indian civil servant whose progressive views on democracy and women’s rights impressed her.
Until she was 12, children in her neighbourhood did not play with her because she was black girl.
The Educational Life of Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris completed her High School from Westmount High School in 1981.
After high school, in 1982, Harris attended Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Howard in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics.
She then attended law school at the University of California. She graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1989 and was admitted to the California Bar in June 1990.
Legal Career of Kamala Harris-
Kamala Harris 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.
No death penalty, protection of women and black, combating truancy were some of historical decisions of her career.
The Political Life of Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris 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.
Harris has served as the junior United States senator from California since 2017.
As a senator, she has advocated for healthcare reform, federal de-scheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, a ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform.
She gained a national profile for her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings, including Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault.
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