[email protected] - In a historic pick, Senator Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and first Asian American to become a vice presidential nominee.
Her mother, Shyamalan Goplan, was a breast cancer scientist who emigrated from India in 1960 to pursue a doctorate in endocrinology at UC Berekley. Her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University emeritus professor in Economics, who emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study in Economics at UC Berkeley.
Born in Oakland, California, Harris is a graduate of Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She 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. She was elected attorney general of California in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. She 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. She is the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee in the 2020 election. @ USC Pacific Asia Museum