Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Harris, whose mother is from India and father is Jamaican, becomes the 2nd woman of color to serve in the U.S. Senate.
While 20 black women currently serve in the House of Representatives, there hasn’t been a black female or woman of color in the senate since Carol Moseley Braun served in 1993 to 1999.
Harris started her career as a prosecutor. In 2003, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco, and in 2011, she became the first woman of color elected as California Attorney General.
Janet Reno, who passed away on Monday at age 78, was the first female U.S. Attorney General.
Harris’ good looks and no-nonsense dedication to the law earned her many fans from all walks of life.
President Obama lost cool points with feminists when he said Harris was “by far the best-looking Attorney General in the country”.
He later apologized.
Politics was always in Harris’ blood. The political science major sat on the debate team at Howard University.
“My first run for office was at Howard University, where I was elected freshman class representative of the liberal arts student council. Running a campaign at Howard was tough!” recalls Harris, who is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
After graduating from Howard, Harris went on to earn her juris doctorate at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal named Harris one of the top 100 best lawyers in California.
In 2014 Harris married California attorney Douglas Emhoff, who is Caucasian.
She has no children.
Thanks to loyal reader Django the god for the tip.