The news everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived. Former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has announced his running mate for the 2020 election. As announced on Twitter, Senator Kamala Harris, 55, has been chosen to serve as Biden’s vice president, making her the first African American and South Asian American woman to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.
Harris is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. After law school, she worked as a prosecutor for several years in the Alameda County and San Francisco district attorney’s offices before running for San Francisco district attorney in 2003. She later went on to become California’s attorney general in 2010. Six years later, in 2016, Harris became the second Black woman in history to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Here’s what Biden said of Harris earlier today:
“You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President,” Biden said in an email to supporters Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021.”
“These aren’t normal times,” Biden added. “I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person.”
Harris’s husband, Douglas Emhoff, is a partner at DLA Piper, and he’s already showing his wife some well-deserved Twitter love.
Congratulations to Kamala Harris for reaching these great political heights!
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