Kamala Harris Is the First Black Person, South Asian Person, and Woman Vice President of the United States

Joe Biden called her "one of the country's finest public servants."

Kamala Harris made history — something she should be getting used to by now — as the very first Black person, Asian person, and woman to become the vice president of the United States of America. Back in August, when now-President-Elect Joe Biden announced Harris as his running mate, he called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants."

When she was elected to the U.S. Senate, she became the second-ever Black woman to represent the people of California. Before that, she served as San Francisco's district attorney and California's attorney general. Those roles were also historical.

Kamala Harris wearing converse
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Harris is the first female — and the first African American and South Asian American — attorney general in California history. Harris is the child of Indian and Jamaican immigrants and describes herself as "a proud American," noting that her African American and Indian heritage "are of equal weight in terms of who I am."

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