What a journey it’s been! Vice President Kamala Harris’ story is an inspiration to most people.
The daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, she is the first Asian-American and African-American Vice President in the history of the United States.
She kicked off her career at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and worked her way to becoming San Francisco’s top prosecutor in 2003.
Now, she’s the second-most powerful person in the country and an inspiration for millions of girls in the US and around the world. So, here are a few things about Vice President Kamala Harris you might like you know.
She Organized a Protest at 13
When Harris turned seven, her parents separated. Then, when she was 12, she moved with her mother and sister to Montreal.
The person who owned their apartment building refused to let any of the tenants’ children play on the lawn of the building.
However, Harris refused to be deterred. At 13, she held a protest with her younger sister against the owner, and it was a success.
She Loves Cooking
In an interview with Glamour magazine, Harris revealed that as a child, she loved the smell and taste of food. Her mother noticed this and told her that since she likes good food, she should learn how to cook.
Harris learned to cook, to the extent that she now shares her recipes and culinary skills on social media.
In fact, as part of her 2019 campaign, she partnered with actress Mindy Kaling to prepare masala dosa together. In another video, Harris also showed Senator Mark Warner the proper way to make a tuna melt.
Harris revealed that she always turns to cooking when she’s going through a challenging time.
First South Asian American to Enter US Senate
Harris was the first-ever South Asian American to enter the American Senate when she beat Loretta Sanchez in 2016. The left liked the way she gave high-profile witnesses pointed questions.
And while in Senate, Harris helped to usher in legislation to give financial relief to people facing increasing housing costs. She also gave her support to a single-payer health care system.
Furthermore, Harris has received support from both the House and Senate on more bills than every other member within her Senate class. And talking of her Senate class, she also gained the most people to co-sponsor her bills.
She Rivalled Biden Before Joining Him
In January 2019, Harris announced that she was running for President. One of the highlights of her campaign was when she confronted Biden about his position on cross-district busing that occurred in the 1970s.
Her anecdote, which she finished by saying, “And that little girl was me,” went viral. Her numbers went up, but not for long.
Soon, she had to concede. She closed her campaign in December, and in the coming March, she endorsed Biden for president.
The two put their differences behind them, and in August 2020, Biden announced Harris as his running mate.
She Was California’s First Black Attorney General
In November 2010, Harris narrowly beat LA District Attorney Steve Cooley to become the state Attorney General.
She immediately made an impact by pulling away from settlement negotiations with some of the nation’s biggest financial institutions.
Her reason was that their mortgage practices were improper. So, Harris only settled for five times the initial amount.
In her role, Harris also formed an online platform called Open Justice that shows criminal justice data to the public.
Thanks to this database, police accountability has increased because it’s become easy to tabulate the numbers of injuries and deaths that occur to people in police custody.