Everything to know about the 1st Black woman VP pick

Sen. Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, to Indian and Jamaican immigrants, graduated from Howard University and was the first Black female district attorney elected in San Francisco.
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It's groundbreaking choice echoing across the country. She is a former presidential candidate and was a standout in several high-profile senate hearings so in a lot of ways already a national figure and Rachel Scott is outside the senator's home in Washington and like we say she's already a national figure but she's still about to reintroduce herself in a way on an even bigger stage, Reporter: T.J., good morning. That's exactly right. As one voter who gathered here overnight put it, regardless of your politics, this is Mon men fall but senator kamala Harris is no stranger to making history. The of Darby of Indian and Jamaican immigrants she was born in California, a child of Oakland. My mother was one of the greatest sources of inspiration in my life. I was taught that I had a responsibility to be a part of the fight for justice. Reporter: The Howard university graduate became the first black woman to be elected district attorney in San Francisco. After her inauguration she said her office was totally empty except for a chair in the middle writing, I was happy to take my seat. As a young district attorney, I walked into the courtroom for the first time and said the five words that would guide my life's work, kamala Harris for the people. Reporter: Harris was the first woman to serve as California's attorney general becoming close friends with Joe Biden's late son beau who held the same post in Delaware. I got to know Joe through his beau because you've never seen -- it's a rare thing to see such a special relationship between a father and his son. Reporter: The prosecutor turned legislator gained national attention for her pointed questions at senate hearings. Attorney general Barr, has the president or anyone at the white house ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? I wouldn't -- I wouldn't -- Yes or no. Could you repeat that question? Reporter: But faced tough questions about her record. When you had the power why didn't you try to effect change then? Reporter: Struggling to keep momentum after she launched her presidential bid in Oakland. What's up, Oakland? You want a president who has the ability to unify our country. Reporter: Now joining her former rival, Joe Biden, as the first black and asian-american woman on a major party ticket. And this historic announcement is generating a lot of many voters who gathered here overnight said it was powerful to see the diversity of America represented on that ticket. But you know the big question is, is whether it's going to be enough to spark enthusiasm and get the voters that Joe Biden needs to push him over the edge. Robin. That is the question. All right, Rachel, thank you.

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