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  • Senator Kamala Devi Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, became America's first woman vice president on Jan. 20, 2021. She is also the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to become vice president. She is the fourth woman nominated to a major party ticket.</br></br>California's Attorney General Kamala Harris, February 2012.
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  • Kamala Devi Harris was born October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who died in 2009, came from South India as a graduate student to study at the University of California at Berkeley. There she met Donald Harris, a fellow graduate student, from Jamaica in 1962. The couple married and had two children, Kamala and Maya.<BR><BR>Shyamala Gopalan Harris, 25, holds her baby, Kamala.
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  • Shyamala Gopalan Harris established a career as a renowned breast-cancer researcher, while Donald Harris became professor of economics at Stanford University.<BR><BR>Donald Harris holds his daughter Kamala, April 1965.
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  • Iris Finegan holds her great-granddaughter Kamala Harris in Jamaica.
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  • Kamala Harris during a family visit to Harlem, New York, September 1966.
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  • Kamala Harris with her sister, Maya, on Christmas, Dec. 25, 1968. When Kamala Harris ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination her sister, Maya, was the campaign's chairwoman. Maya Lakshmi Harris is a lawyer and public policy advocate. She was also a senior policy advisor to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
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  • Kamala Harris, left, with her sister, Maya, and mother, Shyamala, outside their apartment in Berkeley, California, after her parents' separation, January 1970.
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  • Kamala Harris' parents divorced when she was 12-years-old. She moved to Montreal, Canada with her sister and mother. She went to Westmount High School in Quebec.<BR><BR>Kamala Harris at her mother's lab in Berkeley, California.
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  • Kamala Harris graduated from Howard University in 1981 with degrees in political science and economics.<BR><BR>Harris, right, stands with Gwen Whitfield at an anti-apartheid protest during her freshman year at Howard University in Washington, D.C., November 1982.
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  • Harris was the first Black woman to be elected district attorney of San Francisco and served from 2004 to 2010.<BR><BR>Harris, right, receives the oath of office as district attorney from California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George, left, Jan. 8, 2004. In the center is Harris' mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
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  • Kamala Harris became the first Black woman and South Asian American elected to be California attorney general in 2010.
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  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks to the media after marrying same-sex couple Kris Perry, left, and Sandy Stier, center, at San Francisco's City Hall in California, June 28, 2013. The 9th Circuit Court lifted the stay on same-sex marriage in California, immediately sending a flurry of soon-to-be married couples to City Hall.
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  • Kamala Harris ran for the U.S. Senate in 2015, in a bid to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer.<BR><BR> California Attorney General Kamala Harris, running for the U.S. Senate, shows up to cast her vote with her husband Douglas Emhoff at the Kenter Canyon Elementary Charter School Auditorium in Brentwood, California on June 7, 2016.
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  • Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. She was the first Black woman in the U.S. Senate in 17 years, following Carol Moseley Braun. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Harris drew national attention for her focused questioning during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.<BR><BR>Harris questions President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 5, 2018.
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  • Sen. Kamala Harris launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in her hometown of Oakland, California at a huge rally on Jan. 27, 2019. Her campaign never really took off, however, and she ended it before the Iowa caucuses.
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  • Sen. Kamala Harris, right, and former Vice President Joe Biden, exchange words during the first Democratic presidential debate, June 27, 2019, in Miami. The two candidates had a heated back and forth about Biden's opposition to forced school busing. Harris said that as a child she was part of the second class of students who were bused to Thousand Oaks elementary school in Berkeley, California to promote integration.
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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden greets Sen. Kamala Harris during a campaign event at Alexis I. duPont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, Aug. 12, 2020. Biden announced the previous day that Harris would join him on the Democratic presidential ticket as his vice presidential nominee on his Twitter account.
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  • Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, speaks to a child in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sept, 28, 2020.
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  • With plexi-glass dividers in place due to the coronavirus, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence participate in the vice-presidential debate at the University of Utah, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking," said Harris in a memorable line that became a meme.
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  • Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris smiles as she speaks to supporters at an election rally, after news media projected that former Vice President Joe Biden would win the presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 7, 2020.
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  • Kamala Harris sworn in as the 49th Vice President on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

    Kamala Harris sworn in as the 49th Vice President on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
    Kamala Harris is sworn in by Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the 49th Vice President on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
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