US Senate Seat Won by Indian-American Kamala Harris from California (Download PDF)

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Kamala Harris defeated Loretta Sanchez from her own party to become the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades. Indian-American Kamala Harris won the US senate seat from California. She also became the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate.

Image of Kamala Harris is an American lawyer

Image of Kamala Harris is an American Lawyer

Image of Kamala Harris is an American lawyer

About Kamala Harris

  • Kamala Harris is an American lawyer, politician and member of the Democratic Party.
  • As of 2016, she is the 32nd Attorney General of California.
  • Born October 20, 1964 (age 52), Oakland, California, United States.
  • Political party: Democratic Party.
  • Parents: Donald Harris, Shyamala Gopalan.
  • Siblings: Maya Harris.
  • Education: University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1989), Howard University (1986).
  • She is the daughter of an Indian-American mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a breast cancer specialist, who immigrated from Chennai, India, in 1960.
  • Her father Jamaican-American, Donald Harris is a Stanford University economics professor.
  • Kamala’s parents divorced when she was young.
  • Her mother had primary custody of the two girls.
  • Harris has prosecuted numerous financial crimes throughout her career, particularly those affecting elders, those involving use of high technology, and identity theft. She has indicated that as attorney general she would crack down on predatory lending and other financial crimes.
  • Harris announced that she is starting a new agency called the Bureau of Children’s Justice. The bureau will work on issues such as foster care, the juvenile justice system, school truancy and childhood trauma. Harris appointed special assistant attorney general Jill Habig to head the agency in 2015.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 27, 2016

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