Joe Biden‘s presidential inauguration has literally been a long time coming. The career politician first ran for president back in 1988 and now, more than three decades later, he’s finally set to take the oath of office he’s long been eyeing.
Conversely, the rise of Kamala Devi Harris from California district attorney to the U.S. Senate to become the first Black vice president has been nothing short of impressive, which is to say nothing of how swift it’s all been.
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From the outset of Harris’ rise through the Democratic Party’s ranks, she’s been compared to Barack Obama, and it’s not just because of their shared skin color or mixed ethnic heritage. Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer was just one of the many people who dubbed Harris “the female Obama” more than a decade ago, a comparison that she humbly accepted at the time.
“There are many similar aspects between my and the President’s life,” Harris said at the time. “I’m just trying to be attorney general.”
Her inaugural term as California AG did not come without controversy, however.
Harris was firmly behind a statewide anti-truancy law that allowed California officials to prosecute parents when their kids don’t show up to school. Harris smartly tied crime rates with dropout rates, but the solutions were alarmingly punitive. Championing that policy has dogged her throughout her career. She would later say she regretted the law.
Still, in 2014, Harris’ name was mentioned as a possible U.S. Attorney General replacement after Eric Holder resigned, the first hint that her brilliance would carry her well beyond California.
Two years later, Harris was considered for a potential vice presidential running mate after Hillary Clinton won the Democratic presidential nomination. There was also speculation that she was being considered as a Supreme Court nominee following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
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But Harris was firmly ensconced in her own political campaign and ultimately became the second Black woman to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate.
Harris’ political career began more than 30 years ago when she was elected as the Deputy District Attorney of Alameda County, California, from 1990 to 1998. She is also the first Black and Indian woman to be attorney general in California. Notably, she was endorsed by then-Vice President Biden.
“Growing up, I watched my parents marching, shouting and fighting for justice,” Harris told HelloBeautiful in 2016. “Their participation in the civil rights movement inspired me to pursue a career as a prosecutor, speaking up for and defending the voiceless and vulnerable: children, victims of crimes, seniors and immigrants.”
She added: “In my work as California’s Attorney General, I’ve continued that commitment to equality and social justice, rejecting false choices and embracing real solutions that strengthen our communities and improve public safety.”
Keep reading to revisit some of the memorable moments from her illustrious political career that, by some estimations, still has an upward trajectory.
Making ‘Herstory’: From DA To DC, Kamala Harris’ Amazing Rise Through The Democratic Ranks was originally published on newsone.com
1. 2010: Candidate For Calif. Attorney GeneralSource:Getty
2. 2010: Kamala Harris Wins California AG ElectionSource:Getty
3. 2016: Kamala Harris Becomes A U.S. SenatorSource:Getty
4. 2017: Opposing Jeff Sessions’ Nomination To Be U.S. AGSource:Getty
5. 2018: Kamala Harris Hints She’s Running For PresidentSource:Getty
6. 2018: Introduces Bill To Legalize MarijuanaSource:Getty
7. 2018: Introduces Bill Addressing Black Maternal HealthSource:Getty
8. 2018: Senate Votes To Outlaw Lynching For The First Time In HistorySource:Getty
9. 2019: Harris Launches Her Presidential CampaignSource:Getty
10. 2019: Kamala Harris Wins 2nd Democratic DebateSource:Getty
11. 2019: Kamala Harris Annihilates Meghan McCain ON Live TV
12. 2019: Kamala Harris Compares Trump To ‘A Really Small Dude’Source:Getty
13. 2019: Kamala Harris Suspends Presidential CampaignSource:Getty
14. 2020: Kamala Harris Focuses On Trump’s Impeachment TrialSource:Getty
15. 2020: Kamala Harris Endorses Joe Biden For PresidentSource:Getty
16. 2020: Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris To Be His VP Running Mate
I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020