About Kamala Harris
Senator Kamala Harris has spent her entire life in public service--from her days as a young lawyer in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, to becoming the first Black woman elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney and California’s Attorney General, and now--as a Senator representing the people of California.
Her service and dedication to our country is rooted in her fundamentally American life story. Her parents both came to the United States from elsewhere--her mother a scientist from India and her father an economist from Jamaica--to be a part of the American dream. Harris’ parents raised her to believe in the promise of America and to fight to make sure that promise is fulfilled for all Americans.
As Senator, she has:
- Fought to hold corporations like McDonald’s accountable, and advocated for a path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans.
- Walked the walk in fighting for the rights of working people--marching with Fight for $15 and a Union leaders to demand a $15 minimum wage and taking on the Trump administration when they tried to silence women of color and immigrant women who wanted to join together in a union.
- Stood up for service and care workers before the world ever called them heroes. She introduced the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and has long stood with women of color who are fighting to make their voices heard, including fighting back against the Trump Administration’s effort to make it harder for home care workers to join unions. She also backed the 45,000 child care providers in California who just won a 17 year long fight to form their union.
- Fought to ensure that America is a place where freedom is for everyone regardless of our race or how much money we make. She introduced legislation to reform our bail processes that created one system for the rich and powerful and another more harsh one for working families. As a candidate for president, she pledged to put an end to private prisons and establish a national board to review officer-involved shootings.
As Joe Biden himself has said, Senator Harris is “tough, smart, and ready to lead.” As Attorney General, Harris won a $20 billion settlement for California homeowners against big banks that were unfairly foreclosing on homes, worked to protect Obamacare, helped win marriage equality for all, defended California’s landmark climate change law and won a $1.1 billion settlement against a for-profit education company that scammed students and veterans.
Senator Kamala Harris’ nomination is historic. She is the first mixed-race Jamaican and Indian to be a major party’s vice presidential nominee--just as she was the first to represent California in the United States Senate. Harris’ mother told her growing up “Don’t sit around and complain about things, do something,” which Harris credits for driving her every single day. Her exceptional life and career has been a testament to her mother’s advice.