Kamala Harris

Born:October 20, 1964 (age 55)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2017-present
Attorney general of California, 2011-2016
District attorney of San Francisco, 2003-2011
Education:Howard University
University of California, Hastings College of Law

Kamala D. Harris assumed office as a U.S. senator from California in January 2017. Harris is only the second black female in the U.S. Senate, after Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL), who served from 1993 to 1998. In January 2019, she announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. She withdrew from the race in December 2019.

Born in Oakland, California, Harris received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. From 1990 to 1998, Harris served as a deputy district attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney's office, where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. In 1998, she joined the San Francisco District Attorney's office, where she led the Career Criminal Unit. She also served as the head of the San Francisco City Attorney's Division on Children and Families.

In 2003, Harris was elected district attorney of San Francisco, serving until 2011, when she became attorney general. She was the first woman, the first African-American and the first Asian-American attorney general in California. As chief law enforcement officer for California, Harris focused on combating transnational gangs, increasing the adoption of technology and data-driven policing by law enforcement, and improving public safety by reducing recidivism. She fought to reduce elementary school truancy in California, preserve the state's natural resources, and ensure marriage equality for all Californians. She also worked with the technology industry to improve online privacy and safety. Following the national mortgage crisis, Harris secured more than $20 billion for struggling California homeowners from the nation's banks and wrote the nation's most comprehensive package of foreclosure reforms.

For information on Harris' policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.


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