US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris adjusts her mask at transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)
US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris adjusts her mask at transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)

Kamala Harris to be sworn in by Justice Sotomayor at inauguration

This will be the second time Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will take part in an inauguration. She also swore in President-elect Joe Biden as vice president in 2013.
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UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 07:54 AM IST

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, a history-making event in which the first Black, South Asian and female vice president will take her oath of office from the first Latina justice.

Harris chose Sotomayor for the task, according to a person familiar with the decision. She’ll also use two Bibles for the swearing-in, one of which belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice.

ABC News first reported the latest details of Harris’ inauguration plans.

Harris has expressed admiration for both Sotomayor and Marshall. She and Sotomayor share experience as prosecutors, and she once called Marshall — like Harris, an alumnus of Howard University — one of her “greatest heroes.”

The vice president-elect said in a video posted to Twitter that she viewed Marshall as “one of the main reasons I wanted to be a lawyer,” calling him “a fighter” in the courtroom.

And this will be the second time Sotomayor takes part in an inauguration. She swore in President-elect Joe Biden as vice president in 2013.

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