23 Facts About Kamala Harris That Everyone Should Know

    She has been so many firsts.

    1. She was the first person of color to be elected district attorney of San Francisco.

    Attorney General Harris speaking to a crowd

    2. Her mother was a doctor whose work advanced breast cancer research.

    Harris at the 2020 Vice Presidential debate

    3. Harris is the first HBCU grad to be elected vice president.

    Harris laughing

    4. She was born in Oakland on Oct. 20, 1964, making her the first person born after the 1950s to be elected vice president.

    Harris on the campaign trail

    5. She is only the second Black woman to be an American senator.

    Harris at a Senate hearing

    6. Harris, when she was California attorney general–elect, refused to defend California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the state.

    Attorney General-elect Harris at a press conference

    7. She also officiated the wedding of the couple who filed to overturn Prop 8.

    Seven years ago today wedding bells rang out as same-sex marriages became legal in California—two years before it was nationwide. It was a day I will never forget, filled with pure joy and an abundance of love.

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    8. Harris stated that during the rollout of President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban, colloquially referred to as the "Muslim ban," she was so frustrated by the lack of information that she called then–secretary of homeland security John Kelly at his home.

    Harris and Cory Booker

    9. She served on the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

    Harris speaking with a mask on

    10. As senator, Harris sponsored a bill that would have made lynching a hate crime.

    Harris on an escalator

    11. She is both the first Black person and the first woman to become attorney general of California.

    California Attorney General Harris speaks at Variety's Power of Women event

    12. In high school, Harris's friend told her she was being molested by her stepfather. Harris told her mother, and her friend proceeded to come live with them.

    Harris at a Senate Democrats press conference

    13. She is the first Asian American person to be elected vice president.

    Harris at the 2020 Vice Presidential debate

    14. She was president of her law school's chapter of the Black Law Students Association.

    Harris at a Senate confirmation hearing

    15. In 2013, Harris was one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. Nancy Pelosi wrote the article.

    Harris leaving the Capitol

    16. Harris's husband, Doug Emhoff, will be the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice president.

    Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff

    17. Harris was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

    Harris at a Pride Parade

    18. She is the first Black person to be elected vice president.

    Harris speaking at an event

    19. With Alaska's Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Harris introduced a bill that would prohibit companies from including sexual harassment in nondisclosure contracts with their employees.

    Harris laughing at a campaign event

    20. She was the first South Asian American senator in US history.

    Senator Harris at a senate hearing

    21. When Harris was California attorney general, she created an LGBTQ hate crimes unit.

    Attorney General Harris at a press conference

    22. She is the first woman to be elected vice president of the United States.

    Harris walking through the Senate Reception room

    23. And, as of January 2021, Harris will be the highest-ranking woman in US political history.

    Harris speaking after she and Vice President Biden were declared the winners of the 2020 Presidential election