Biography on Kamala Harris

When Kamala Harris was elected as vice president in November 2020, she made history, but many people don’t know her history. Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. She later moved to Montreal because her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, accepted a job there. She and her little sister, Maya Harris, consequently went to middle and high schools there. Kamala’s heritage is Jamaican (father) and Indian(mother). Kamala married Douglas Emhoff, an attorney, in 2014 and now has two step-children.  She studied at Howard University but later on earned a degree in Hastings College. Once she graduated from college, she took up the job of being a deputy district attorney in Oakland. 

From there, her reputation and position only rose. In 2004, she became a  district attorney, and 6 years later, became attorney general of California. In 2011 she took office and earned a reputation for being tough after she didn’t give in to pressure from President Obama’s administration about settling a nationwide lawsuit against mortgage lenders. Her doing this led to her pressing California’s case in the matter letting her win the judgment almost five times higher than originally estimated. Kamala also didn’t defend Proposition 8, the banishment of same-gender marriage, which ultimately led to it not being approved in 2013. Delivering a memorable address at the Democratic National Convention elevated Harris’s standing, letting her be recruited to the U.S. Senate in 2014. As many had already guessed she won the election and became a part of the U.S Senate. Before that, she co-wrote the book Smart on Crime alongside Joan O’C. Hamilton. She later also wrote another book called The Truths We Hold An American Journey in 2019.  

Kamala Harris started getting into the presidential debate soon after. She ran for president but ran into serious trouble and dropped out. Although Joe Biden picked her as his vice president-elect in August 2020. In November she became the first black woman to become the vice president of the U.S.