Last updated on October 7, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden nominated former state Attorney General and sitting U.S. senator Kamala Harris as his 2020 vice president running mate hoping to acquire Harris’ support within African American voters to challenge incumbent Republican president Donald Trump this fall.
Harris made history when she was sworn in by Vice President Biden. Senator Harris is not only California’s first Black senator, but she’s also the first Indian American to serve in the U.S. Senate. The L.A. Times, only nine Black Americans have ever served in the U.S. Senate.
Harris is the daughter of an Indian physician mother and a Jamaican American economics professor father. She vehemently pledged her support for undocumented Californians and doubled down on her commitment to protecting their rights at a press conference at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles two days after the 2016 election.
The 55-year-old sworn-in senator is widely considered to be among the Democratic party’s brightest lights and became a household name when she challenged Biden’s support for busing policies in her childhood at the Democratic presidential debate on national television earlier this year.
Harris, as The Atlantic puts it, “is the kind of candidate both parties dream of young, charismatic, multiethnic, accomplished.” WGBH, Boston’s NPR affiliate, has called her “the best hope to be the first female American president,” and The Guardian listed her as one of their top Americans to watch in 2017.