Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States

Kamala Harris

Vice President of the United States

Kamala Devi Harris was born in October 1964 in Oakland, California. She earned an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Howard University and received a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law.

She was deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California, serving ten years as a prosecutor. She worked at San Francisco City Hall running the Family and Children’s Services Division. She was elected District Attorney for San Francisco where she served eight years. Harris served eight more years as Attorney General of California. She was elected to the United States Senate and assumed her seat in January 2017.

She entered the 2020 presidential election as a candidate but withdrew in December 2019. In August 2020, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced he had chosen Harris to be his vice president. She was the first African-American, the first Indian-American, and the third woman to be picked as the vice-presidential nominee for a major party ticket. She assumed office in January 2021.

Harris is married to Doug Emhoff, and she is stepmother to his two children from a previous marriage. She is a Baptist.

In the News…

Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled a plan that is intended to elevate water security as a national security issue. She said the plan would involve “fully committing” the U.S. to helping provide access to safe water and sanitation services around the world by sharing “world-leading” water data to help manage and preserve water resources and using domestic resources to “elevate water security” as an international priority. 

This action plan will help our country prevent conflict and advance cooperation among nations, increase equity and economic growth and make our world more inclusive and resilient,” she said.  

The plan would also involve “identifying and supporting” investment funds to connect communities with resources to help them pay for water and sanitation and using government agencies to provide loans and political risk insurance to support private sector investment in water, sanitation, and hygiene.  

It will also involve developing new climate-friendly technology for water desalination and recovering water resources and working on initiatives with the Group of Seven, the Group of 20, and the United Nations.  

Her speech came as the United States faces water issues of its own, with 75 percent of western states facing drought conditions. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Vice President Harris today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Vice President Kamala Harris
The White House
Washington, DC 20500


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