- Harris was born in October 1964 in Oakland, California to an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father
- She attended Howard University and later went to the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she graduated with a degree in law
- In 2003, she was elected the district attorney for San Fransisco, a position she held until 2010
- Harris was then elected the first woman and black person to serve as California's attorney general
- She joined politics in 2016 and was elected California's senator on a Democrats ticket
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Political activities in the US have taken shape ahead of the November 2020 poll which has attracted the attention of nations across the world.
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden who is determined to dethrone incumbent President Donald Trump has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his preferred running mate.
Briefly.co.za looks at the profile of the revered attorney whose career in the legal profession spans for over 25 years.
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Harris was born in October 1964 in Oakland, California to an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.
Her parents, however, parted ways and she was only raised up by her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a medic and civil rights activist.
Graduated with a degree in law
Upon separation of her parents, Harris and her mother moved to Montreal. She attended Westmount High and graduated in 1981.
She then attended Howard University where she pursued political science and economics.
Upon completion of the course, Harris went to the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she graduated with a degree in law.
The young lawyer began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and was later recruited to San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
In 2003, she was elected the district attorney for San Fransisco, a position she held until 2010.
The high-flying attorney was then elected the first woman and black person to serve as California's attorney general. Harris retained her seat in the subsequent election held in 2014.
California's third female senator
She joined politics in 2016 and was elected California's senator on a Democratic ticket in elections held in November of the same year. Harris became California's third female senator.
The 55-year-old politician became instrumental in championing for health reforms, immigrants' rights and progressive tax reforms.
The former attorney gained a national profile for her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings.
Among the high profile figure who came face to face with Harris's stinging questions include US attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr, and Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Harris ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election, briefly becoming a front-runner before ending her campaign on 3 December, 2019, citing a lack of funds to continue.
In March 2020, she endorsed Biden and promised to do everything to help him be elected the next President of the United States.
On Tuesday, 11 August, the former vice president appointed Harris as his running mate in the upcoming elections.
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