“Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all, including the black women who are often, too often, overlooked, but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.”– Kamala Harris
Vice President of the U.S. (D), 2021 – Present
Kamala Harris is the current and first female, African American, and Asian American Vice President of the United States. Of Jamaican and Indian descent, Harris is the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket.
In 2017, Harris became the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in U.S. history. As a senator from California, Harris served on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget.
Harris’s previous positions include Attorney General of California and District Attorney of San Francisco. A native of Oakland, California, Harris earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University and J.D. from the University of California, Hastings.
“Home | U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California,” Senate.gov, 2019, https://www.harris.senate.gov/.
“Kamala Harris: The Vice President-Elect,” President-Elect Joe Biden, n.d., https://buildbackbetter.gov/the-vice-president-elect/.“Kamala Harris: Who She Is and What She Stands For,” The New York Times, September 10, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/elections/kamala-harris.html.