Who is Kamala Harris?
Kamala Harris is the first Black woman to be elected district attorney in California history, the first woman to be California’s attorney general, first Indian American senator, and now, the first Black woman and first Asian American to be picked as a vice presidential running mate on a major-party ticket
Kamala Harris is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. She is a lawyer and author. Harris is currently serving as the United States Senator for California. She became the first American from South Asia and the second African American woman to hold a seat in the United States Senate.
Kamala Harris Real Name, Birthday, Wiki
|Real Name:||Kamala Devi Harris|
|Birthday:||October 20, 1964|
|Age:||56 Years Old|
|Place of Birth:||Oakland, California, United States|
|Height:||5ft 2in (158 cm)|
|Occupation:||Attorney, Politician, Author|
|Net Worth:||US $3 Million|
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Prior to that, she served as California’s 32nd Attorney General (2011-17) and San Francisco’s 27th District Attorney (2004-11). In January 2019, Harris announced her campaign for the 2020 presidential election (Democratic nomination). She finally retired from the race on December 3, 2019.
Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan (d. 2009), was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist, and her father, Donald Harris, a professor at Stanford University.
They are of Tamil and Jamaican Indian descent, respectively. The two separated when she was 7 years old. Harris’s younger sister Maya is a political analyst for MSNBC. Her brother-in-law, Tony West, is an attorney and general counsel for Uber.
Growing up, Harris attended both a Hindu temple and a Black Baptist church. At age 12, she moved to Montreal, Canada, with her mother. She attended Westmount High School in the Westmount suburb.
Harris completed her undergraduate studies at Howard University (1986). She specialized in political science and economics. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Harris returned to the United States for graduate studies.
She earned her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law (University of California) in 1989. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990.
Harris began her professional career in the early 1990s. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Alameda County, California for 8 years (1990-98).
She became a managing attorney for the San Francisco Career Criminal Unit in 1998. In 2000, Harris was hired by City Attorney Louise Renne of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
She was named head of the Community and Neighborhood Division. During her tenure, she founded the first California Office of Child Justice.
In 2003, Harris defeated incumbent Terence Hallinan for the position of District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.
She held this position from January 2004 to January 2011. One of her achievements was the “Back On Track initiative”, which gave non-violent offenders a second chance (through educational and job training programs).
In 2010, Harris narrowly defeated Republican Steve Cooley in the California general election. She became the 32nd Attorney General of California, a position she held from January 2011 to January 2017.
Harris would later succeed Barbara Boxer as US Senator from California (2017-). Her victory marked the first South Asian woman and the second African American woman to hold that position.
On January 21, 2019, Kamala Harris officially announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential election. She sought the Democratic nomination. More than 20,000 people showed up to support her during her formal campaign launch event.
Harris started strong, but her poll numbers would drop to single digits as the race progressed. On December 3, 2019, Harris withdrew her candidacy for the Democratic nomination, citing lack of funds (“My campaign for president simply does not have the financial resources we need to continue”).
In addition to her political career, Harris is an author. Her first book, “Smart About Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer” was published in October 2009 by Chronicle Books.
It was co-written by Joan O’C Hamilton. In January 2019, she released two more books “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey” and “Superheroes Are Everywhere.” The latter was aimed at children from 3 to 7 years old.
Kamala Harris is 5 feet 2 inches tall and is of Indian and Jamaican descent. The name “Kamala” translates to “lotus flower” in Sanskrit.
Her net worth is estimated at $ 3 million. Harris was romantically involved with State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown in the 1990s. She married California attorney “Douglas Emhoff” in August 2014. Douglas has two children, Ella and Cole, from a previous relationship.
Marriage On August 22, 2014, Harris married attorney Douglas Emhoff. Emhoff is a Brooklyn-born litigator and partner at the DLA Piper Law Firm.
They later married four months after their engagement in a private ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Harris’s sister, Maya Harris West, served as the officiant. Doug has two children with his ex-wife, Kerstin.
His son Cole graduated from Colorado College, while his youngest daughter Ella studies at Parsons School of Design. Doug’s children Cole and Ella are the children of Kamala Harris (her stepchildren), who affectionately refer to her as ‘Momala’.