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 is the fifth administration official to visit the Continent of Africa this year. She began her weeklong visit in Ghana. As China gains an economic foothold in the region, the United States is focused on helping nations “instead of simply urging them to not work with Beijing.” 

“I’m going to Africa mainly to talk with African leaders about what we as the United States are prepared to do to have our role in investing in the future of that continent,” Harris said in a radio interview. 

The Biden administration has put a focus on West African nations including Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, and Togo. The vice president said more than $100 million to support conflict prevention and stabilizing efforts will be invested. 

She will also visit Zambia and Tanzania. 

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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