Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964)note is an American politician and attorney who is the current Vice President of the United States. Harris is the first female U.S. Vice President and the highest-ranking female elected official in U.S. history, and being of both Afro-Jamaican and Indian ancestry, the first African American and the first Asian American to hold the post.note She is married to Doug Emhoff, making him the nation's first Second Gentleman, and has two step-children.
A member of the Democratic Party, Harris previously served as United States Senator for California from 2017 to 2021, and as Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017. Harris became vice president in 2021 alongside President Joe Biden, having defeated the incumbent president, Donald Trump, and vice president Mike Pence, in the 2020 election.
Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She was recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, and in 2003, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco. She was elected Attorney General of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Harris won the 2016 Senate election in California to become the second African American woman (after Carol Moseley Braun) and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate. As a senator, she gained a national profile for her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings.
Harris ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but withdrew from the race prior to the primaries. However, eventual primary winner Biden selected Harris as his running mate on August 2020, and their ticket went on to win the general election in November.
Books she has written
- Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make Us Safer (2009)
- Superheroes Are Everywhere (2019)
- The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (2019)
- Saturday Night Live: She has been portrayed by Maya Rudolph, beginning with the 2020 Democratic primaries. Harris approved.
- The Forty Seventh is a Speculative Fiction play by Mike Bartlett that imagines a future political showdown between Harris and Donald Trump. In the London premiere of the play, Harris was played by Tamara Tunie.