The 55-year-old former California attorney general will be the first black woman to be named vice president of any major political party.
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider
The alleged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced that Senator Kamala Harris of California will join her for the vice presidency, making her the first black woman on a list of major party presidents.
The selection makes Harris a leading figure in the Democratic Partywith the opportunity to be one step away from the presidency and be a favorite for the next nomination in 2024 or 2028.
Harris, 55, briefly topped the 2020 Democratic presidential primary but retired last December as buzz and campaign funding waned. The former prosecutor clashed with Biden in particular because of his opposition to bus traffic, which the federal government commissioned to integrate racial schools at the beginning of his political career.
77-year-old Biden said the attack “surprised” him, particularly given Harris’ friendship with his late son Beau, but the two later reconciled and were viewed as friendly at later campaign events.
This is not the first time Harris has made history by running for higher office.
Born in Oakland, California, the son of Jamaican and Indian descent, Harris became the first African American woman to serve as a district attorney in San Francisco and attorney general in California.
Harris joined the Senate in 2017 after winning the race to succeed Senator Barbara Boxer. He was the second black woman to serve in the House of Representatives and the first South Asian American to be elected to the Senate.
Early in her tenure in the Senate, Harris was known for her tough questions at committee hearings, particularly Supreme Court hearings Brett Kavanaugh and Attorney General William Barr.
During the busy season, Harris initially did well, but later struggled when campaign funds became tight. He withdrew from the race in early December 2019 to avoid possible disappointments in the first races.
Harris endorsed Biden in March and sparked another round of speculation with Vice Presidents.
From “Top Cop” to leader of the anti-Trump “Resistance”
In her home state, Harris earned a reputation as a shrewd but cautious “superior cop”.
He campaigned for some progressive reforms in California, including the establishment of a program in San Francisco that gave first-time drug abusers education and employment opportunities instead of spending time in jail. But he also defended the state’s death penalty and fought to punish the parents of chronically absent school children more severely.
In the last four years Harris has developed into an outspoken and media-savvy voice of the anti-Trump “Resistance”. Clips of his questioning of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh and Senate CIA Director Gina Haspel have gone viral.
And he secured a spot alongside some of the more progressive members of his caucus with a voting result in line with other former 2020 candidates, including fellow Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand. But as a presidential candidate, Harris positioned himself as a more moderate progressive who disapproved of Medicare for All and proposed more gradual political reforms.