In the News: Kamala Harris Makes California History

By Jill Cowan, The New York Times |

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been elected president of the United States.

His vice president will be Senator Kamala Harris.

Her rise to the highest office in the nation ever occupied by a woman has been full of historic milestones: the first Black woman to become San Francisco’s and then California’s top prosecutor, the second Black woman to become a senator.

Now, not only will she be the first woman vice president, she will also be the first Black woman, the first South Asian woman, and the first daughter of immigrants to hold the role...

For many Californians, Ms. Harris’s comfortable embrace of her multicultural upbringing and her decidedly West Coast vibe have felt familiar.

“She brings a California sensibility, you know: the blazers with the Chucks,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, told me. “I think it will be a breath of fresh air in D.C.”

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