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In Pics | Who is Kamala Harris? Everything you need to know about the US Democrat VP pick

Updated : 2020-08-12 13:43:10

With Senator Kamala Harris becoming the first Black woman and the first Asian American woman to be chosen as a major party’s vice-presidential candidate here is a glimpse of her life so far.

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964, to her Indian origin mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a cancer researcher and Jamaican origin father, Donald Harris, an economist. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964, to her Indian origin mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a cancer researcher and Jamaican origin father, Donald Harris, an economist. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
She majored in political science and economics from Howard University, the prestigious  Black college in Washington D.C. after briefly moving to Canada. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
She majored in political science and economics from Howard University, the prestigious  Black college in Washington D.C. after briefly moving to Canada. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
Harris joined the Alameda County prosecutor’s office in Oakland as an assistant district attorney focusing on sex crimes in 1990 after passing the bar. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo)
Harris joined the Alameda County prosecutor’s office in Oakland as an assistant district attorney focusing on sex crimes in 1990 after passing the bar. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo)
Was appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the Medical Assistance Commission in 1994 by state assembly speaker Willie Brown, who she was then dating.
Was appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the Medical Assistance Commission in 1994 by state assembly speaker Willie Brown, who she was then dating.
Harris cracked down on teenage prostitution after being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. In 2003, she ran for district attorney in San Francisco and became California's first district attorney of colour.(AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
Harris cracked down on teenage prostitution after being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. In 2003, she ran for district attorney in San Francisco and became California's first district attorney of colour.(AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
She married Doug Emhoff, a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, in 2014.
She married Doug Emhoff, a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, in 2014.
She won her US Senate race in 2016, defeating fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez. Her fame rose across the country after she questioned the then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Russia investigation a year later. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
She won her US Senate race in 2016, defeating fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez. Her fame rose across the country after she questioned the then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Russia investigation a year later. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)
Though she campaigned for presidential nomination last year she ended it amid low poll numbers and tensions within her staff. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Though she campaigned for presidential nomination last year she ended it amid low poll numbers and tensions within her staff. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Former Vice President and Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential elections Joe Biden announced her as his pick for Vice President. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Former Vice President and Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential elections Joe Biden announced her as his pick for Vice President. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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