Kamala Davis Harris, the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African American and first Asian American vice president.
🇺🇸 49th vice president of the United States in the Democratic administration of Pres. Joe Biden.
👩🏽 She has previously served in the U.S. Senate (2017–2021) and as attorney general of California (2011–2017). She was the first Indian American to serve as a U.S. senator as well as the second African American woman.
✨ Her mother chose Kamala’s name as a nod both to her Indian roots—Kamala means “lotus” and is another name for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi—and the empowerment of women.
✨ Her friendship with Barack Obama dates back to his run for Senate in 2004. She was the first notable California officeholder to endorse him during his 2008 presidential bid.
✨ She went viral in 2017 for her sharp questioning of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Russia investigation. After 3½ minutes of persistent questioning, Sessions said, “I’m not able to be rushed this fast! It makes me nervous.”
📖 Her favorite books include Native Son by Richard Wright, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis