Kamala Harris

American lawyer and politician

Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is the junior United States Senator from California. A member of the Democratic Party, she became one of California’s senators in the United States government in 2017. Before she took the position of senator, Harris was the State Attorney General from 2011 - 2017.[1]

Kamala Harris
Senator Harris official senate portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from California
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Serving with Dianne Feinstein
Preceded byBarbara Boxer
32nd Attorney General of California
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
GovernorJerry Brown
Preceded byJerry Brown
Succeeded byXavier Becerra
27th District Attorney of San Francisco
In office
January 8, 2004 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byTerence Hallinan
Succeeded byGeorge Gascón
Personal details
Kamala Devi Harris

(1964-10-20) October 20, 1964 (age 55)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Douglas Emhoff (m. 2014)
ParentsShyamala Gopalan (mother)
Donald Harris (father)
RelativesMaya Harris (sister)
WebsiteSenate website

On January 21, 2019, Harris announced her candidacy for President of the United States in the 2020 election. She ended her campaign on December 3, 2019. After Joe Biden won the nomination, she became one of the final four finalists for his running mate pick.[2]

Early LifeEdit

Harris was born in Oakland, California to parents Shyamala Gopalan Harris and Donald Harris. Both Shyamala and Donald Harris studied at the University of California, Berkeley. Harris’ parents divorced in 1971, and in 1976, Harris moved to Canada with her mother and sister. Harris went to college at Howard University in 1986, and got a degree in political science.


In 1989, Harris became a lawyer after studying at Hastings College of Law at the University of California. She worked in the office of the District Attorney of Alameda in 1990. In 1998, Harris left to work for the District Attorney’s office in San Francisco. In 2003, Harris became the District Attorney of San Francisco.

She worked as the Attorney General of California until 2017, when she became a senator for California.[3]

2015 Senate RunEdit

At the start of 2016, Harris said that she would attempt to become senator after Barbara Boxer said that she would not work as a senator for the next term. Harris won the position in 2016, and became a senator on January 3, 2017.[4]

2020 presidential campaignEdit

On January 21, 2019, she officially announced her campaign for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election.[5] After months of falling polling numbers and low campaign money raised, she ended her campaign on December 3, 2019.[6]


  1. Shenkman, Kenneth (2018). "Harris, Kamala". World Book Advanced. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. Zeleny, Jeff; Merica, Dan (June 26, 2020). "Nation's reckoning on race looms large over final month of Biden's running mate search". CNN.
  3. Newsmakers (2017). "Kamala Harris". Student Resources In Context. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. "Kamala D. Harris". Biography in Context. March 8, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. Reston, Maeve (January 21, 2019). "Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020". CNN.
  6. Cadelago, Christopher (December 3, 2019). "Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race". Politico. Retrieved December 3, 2019.

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