Harris, Kamala Devi

Harris, Kamala Devi

(kä`mələ dā`vē), 1964–, Vice President of the United States (2021–), b. Oakland, Calif., B.A. Howard Univ., 1986, J.D. Univ. of California, Hastings, 1989. The child of Jamaican-American and Indian-American parents, she won election as district attorney of San Francisco in 2003. After serving two terms (2004–11), she was elected attorney general of California in 2010 and reelected in 2014. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, and in 2019 mounted an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The eventual nominee, Joseph BidenBiden, Joseph Robinette, Jr.
, 1942–, 46th President of the United States (2021–), b. Scranton, Pa. A lawyer and Democrat, he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Delaware, where his family had moved when he was young, in 1972, and was reelected six times, retiring in
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, chose her as his running mate in 2020; she became the first African-American woman and first Indian-American person to be nominated for vice president by a major party. Their subsequent victory over the Republican candidates, President Donald TrumpTrump, Donald John,
1946–, 45th President of the United States (2017–21), b. New York City. Prior to his election as president in 2016, he was a business executive and television personality rather than a political leader. After attending Fordham Univ.
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 and Vice President Mike PencePence, Mike
(Michael Richard Pence), 1959–, Vice President of the United States (2017–21), b. Columbus, Ind., grad. Hanover College, 1981, Indiana Univ. law school, 1986. A Republican, he twice ran unsuccessfully for the U.S.
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, made Harris the first woman to be elected vice president of the United States.
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