Oakland’s Kamala Harris is Vice President-Elect
Now that the Associated Press and most major news outlets have projected that Joe Biden as won the presidency, Oakland native, former Alameda County and San Francisco District Attorney and current U.S. Senator from California, Kamala Harris is now the Vice-President-Elect.
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Kamala Harris made history as the first woman of color to become vice president. She will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in the United States government, four years after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.
Could things change? Doubtful, but it’s possible. Although the election results have been called by most major media outlets, there still may be recounts and legal challenges and the actual certification of the election doesn’t occur until Mid-December. Read more at AP News.
- Electoral College electors in each state don’t vote until Dec. 14. Electors’ votes typically align with the popular vote in each state. But not all states require the votes cast by electors to mirror the popular vote.
- Certificates recording the electoral vote results in each state must be received by the president of the Senate and the archivist no later than Dec. 23.
- The official results of the electoral votes are sent to the new elected Congress, which is set to meet in a joint session on Jan. 6, 2021, and announce the results.
Born in Oakland, Harris is a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2003, she was elected the 27th district attorney of San Francisco, serving until 2011.
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She won the 2016 Senate election to succeed outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer, becoming California’s third female senator, the second African-American woman and the first South Asian–American to serve in the United States Senate.
She ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election, briefly becoming a frontrunner before ending her campaign on December 3, 2019, citing a lack of funds to continue.
Learn More: Looking Back on Kamala Harris’ Record in California – From cannabis to sex work, the death penalty to truancy, here’s how the VP candidate applied her ‘smart on crime’ philosophy. – SF Weekly
Harris was the third major party female U.S. vice presidential nominee after Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin.
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