Kamala Harris, the 49th U.S. Vice President, was inaugurated on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. She took the oath of allegiance to the Constitution and the country.
Harris is the first woman in the history of the United States to hold the office. She is also the first African American woman to be nominated for the position.
Joe Biden was also sworn in, making him the 46th president of the United States.
Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, to an immigrant family. Her father came from Jamaica and worked at Stanford University as a teacher, and her mother was an immigrant from India.
Harris graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1986 and from Hastings College of Law in 1989 before earning her Juris Doctor from the University of California.
She has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1990. And from 1990 to 1998, she was a deputy district attorney for Alameda County, California.
In 1994, Harris became a member of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the State Medical Assistance Commission. She then worked for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and was chief of the Children and Families Division.
From 2004-2011, Kamala Harris became the San Francisco District Attorney. While in that position, she developed a program that gave first-time drug-related offenders the opportunity to pursue higher education and employment. She then became California’s attorney general from 2011 to 2016.
As early as January 2015, Kamala Harris considered a political career. She then announced that she was running for senator from California. Already in June 2016, she won the Democratic Party primary and was elected to the Senate for a term until January 3, 2023.
Thus, Harris became the first Indian-American woman, as well as the second African-American woman to become a U.S. senator. She was named to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as well as the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
On January 21, 2019, Kamala Harris announced that she was in the presidential race. During the Democratic Party primaries, the politician received 3% of the vote and therefore withdrew her candidacy in December of that year, But already in August 2020, U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden chose her as the country’s vice presidential candidate for the Democrats.