Political Figure / U.S. Senator
Date Of Birth:
20 October 1964
Place Of Birth:
Best Known As:
America's first Indian American U.S. Senator
Kamala Harris was elected as a United States senator from California in 2016, becoming the first Indian-American member ever in the U.S. Senate. On January 21, 2019, she announced her candidacy for president. She grew up in central California, earned her degree at Howard University (1986) and her law degree from Hastings College of Law (1989). During the 1990s, she worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County and in the San Francisco District Attorney's office. Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. She was then elected as California's Attorney General in 2010 and again in 2014. Harris was a high-profile District Attorney and Attorney General, making headlines for refusing to push the death penalty and for ignoring the popular vote on a referendum to ban gay marriage. She also earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor and reformer. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, taking over for Democrat Barbara Boxer, who retired.