5 things to know about Kamala Harris' political career

Updated on Jan 20, 2021 08:23 PM IST

Kamala Harris will be taking oath as the Vice-President of the United States on Wednesday.

Kamala Harris will be the first woman, first African-American and first Asian-American Vice-President of the US.(Instagram)
Kamala Harris will be the first woman, first African-American and first Asian-American Vice-President of the US.(Instagram)
Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi

Kamala Harris, who is to be sworn in as the Vice-President of the United States in a few hours, is an inspiring story of many firsts. She will be the first woman, first African-American and first Asian-American Vice-President of the US. 

Her political career has been just as stunning.

  • After spending four years at Howard University, she went on to earn her law degree at the University of California, Hastings.
  • She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and became the top prosecutor for San Francisco in 2003.
  • In 2010, she was elected the first woman and the first black person to serve as California's attorney general and was re-elected to the post in 2014.
  • As she rose above the ranks, Harris' position in the Democratic party strengthened and she was elected as California's junior US senator in 2017.
  • In August 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked her as his running mate and Biden and Harris emerged victorious in the November 7 elections.

Harris will be taking oath as the Vice-President of the US on Wednesday. "I’m here today because of the women who came before me," she tweeted hours before the inauguration ceremony

(with agency inputs)

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