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You’ve all probably heard by now that former Vice President Joe Biden—presumptive Democratic presidential nominee—has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. 

But who is Kamala Harris? Here is what we know about her so far:

  • Harris made history in 2016 when she became the first Indian American as well as the second African American woman elected to the US Senate
  • She is reportedly the “first Black woman to be nominated by either major party for vice president” and the third woman in the United States history to be nominated as vice president of a major party. The first was Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and the second one was Sarah Palin in 2008
  • Harris served as California’s attorney general from 2011 to 2017. She was the first woman and the first African American to hold the post
  • Her husband, Douglas Emhoff, is a lawyer. She has two stepchildren named Cole and Ella, the former has reportedly gained the attention of gay men for being a hottie. 
  • She graduated from middle school and high school in the United States’ neighbor Canada—right here in Adam4Adam’s hometown Montréal to be exact.
  • Harris is a first-generation American. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a cancer researcher from India while her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University emeritus professor of economics from Jamaica. She has a sister named Maya; their parents met at UC Berkeley while working on their graduate degrees.
  • According to Business Insider, Kamala Harris supports legalized same-sex marriage. You can read more about it here. She also “supported transgender people’s right to use the bathroom of their choice during her time as attorney general.” And she “created a hate-crimes unit to prosecute crimes against LGBTQ youth” as San Francisco district attorney.

If you wish to read Kamala Harris’ policy positions in detail, Business Insider wrote about it extensively here. If you wish to know more about Kamala, read here.



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