Kamala Harris becomes first female, first black VP


But Mr Biden chose her as his number two in August, calling her "one of the country's finest public servants". After Mr Biden was announced as the next president in November, Ms Harris tweeted a video of her congratulating her running mate. "We did it, we did it Joe. You're going to be the next president of the United States!" she beamed.

Kamala Harris has made history as the first female, first black and first Asian-American US vice-president.

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She was sworn in just before Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th US president.

Ms Harris, who is of Indian-Jamaican heritage, initially ran for the Democratic nomination.

But Mr Biden won the race and chose Ms Harris as his running mate, describing her as “a fearless fighter for the little guy”.

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Prior to taking the oath at the US Capitol, Ms Harris paid tribute to the women who she says came before her.

Ms Harris, 56, was born in Oakland, California, to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.

Kamala, left, as child with her mother and younger sister Maya

She went on to attend Howard University, one of the nation’s preeminent historically black colleges and universities. She has described her time there as among the most formative experiences of her life.

Ms Harris says she’s always been comfortable with her identity and simply describes herself as “an American”.

After four years at Howard, Ms Harris went on to earn her law degree at the University of California, Hastings, and began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

She became the district attorney – the top prosecutor – for San Francisco in 2003, before being elected the first female and the first African American to serve as California’s attorney general, the top lawyer and law enforcement official in America’s most populous state.

She launched her candidacy for president to a crowd of more than 20,000 in Oakland at the beginning of 2019.

Harris endorsed Joe Biden two months after quitting the race

She was also unable to capitalise on the clear high point of her candidacy: debate performances that showed off her prosecutorial skills, often placing Mr Biden in the line of attack, most notably criticising his praise for the “civil” working relationship he had with former senators who favoured racial segregation.

She dropped out of the presidential race in December 2019.

But Mr Biden chose her as his number two in August, calling her “one of the country’s finest public servants”.

After Mr Biden was announced as the next president in November, Ms Harris tweeted a video of her congratulating her running mate.

“We did it, we did it Joe. You’re going to be the next president of the United States!” she beamed.

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