On Monday, Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined the 2020 race for president two years after she joined the Senate.
According to the Washington Post, Harris is a daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, and is a 54-year-old former prosecutor. She attended Howard University in Washington and then later, the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is another candidate in a field of those who have been alienated by Trump, including many non white candidates and women.
In an online campaign video, Harris said, “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That’s why I’m running for president of the United States.”
She will more formally launch her campaign on Sunday in Oakland, California.
If Harris were elected she would not only be the first woman in office, but the first woman of Asian descent and the first African American woman as president.
The announcement of her candidacy came on Martin Luther King day. Harris said it was “very important” that her campaign be tied to Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.
A September CNN survey found that 51% off voters have not ever heard of Harris. She has tried to introducer herself through the campaign book “The Truths We Hold,” released on January 8.
In the Senate, she is known for her sharp inquisitiveness and skepticism toward Trump and his administration.
Harris has been compared to Obama due to her heritage. She has been called “the female Barack Obama.” Obama also launched his campaign two years after joining the Senate.
Growing up, Harris attended a Hindu temple and a black Baptist church. Her name, Kamala, is derived from the Sanskrit word for lotus plant.
Harris’s mother immigrated from India to the United States. She was a physician with a specialty in breast cancer. Kamala’s father was an economics professor at Stanford. The two divorced when Kamala was young, and Kamala and her sister Maya were raised by her mother.
Kamala’s motto was a saying that her mother shared with her, “you may be the first, but make sure you’re not the last.” Kamala’s political career has been marked by many firsts. She was the first black woman to be elected district attorney in California. She was elected the attorney general of California in 2010 and became *"*the state’s first female, the first African American, and the first Asian American to hold the position."
During her time has attorney general, she fought to protect consumers and fight sexual trafficking. She was criticized for her tough stance on "felons whose guilt fell under question."
Harris’s campaign slogan is “For the People.” Her campaign advisors said this slogan was a nod to her rising in court to say, Kamala Harris, for the people.” Harris’s campaign chair will be Maya Harris, the candidate’s sister who was also a former senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.