Kamala Harris has made history by becoming the first female vice-president-elect. She will also be the first black and the first Asian American vice-president.
Harris has often said that her identity makes her uniquely suited to represent those on the margins. Now, after that Joe Biden has secured enough electoral college votes to defeat Donald Trump, she has the chance to do just that from inside the White House.
Harris, a former California senator, is of Indian and Jamaican heritage. Her involvement with political activism started when she was a child and was influenced by her mother, a cancer researcher, and her father, an economist, who both became involved with the civil rights movement.
In 2009, while Harris was running for attorney general of California, a reporter asked what her motto was. She responded by quoting her mother: “You may be the first, but make sure you’re not the last.”
Harris has been a rising star in Democratic politics for much of the last two decades. After Harris ended her own 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, Joe Biden tapped her as his running mate. They will be sworn in as president and Vice President on 20 January.
“Over 100 million Americans voted before Election Day with a belief in our electoral process—trusting that their ballots would count. Now, Trump is trying to invalidate these ballots, and we need to fight back. Donate today to support the Biden Fight Fund,” Harris tweeted after Trump alleged electoral fraud in the US election.