Senator Kamala Harris

United States Senator Kamala Harris

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Kamala Devi Harris

Kamala Devi Harris (/’ka:mela/ KAH-ma-la; born October 20, 1964) is an American attorney, politician, and member of the Democratic Party.  She has been the junior United States Senator for California since 2017, and she previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017, and as District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. On January 21, 2019, Senator Kamala Devi Harris officially announced her campaign to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 United States Presidential Election.

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, and is a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In the 1990s, Senator Kamala Harris worked in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2004, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco.

Kamala Harris was narrowly elected as California’s Attorney General in 2010 and was reelected in 2014 by a wide margin. On November 8, 2016, she defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to succeed outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer, becoming California’s third female U.S. Senator, and the first of Jamaican or Indian ancestry.

Senator Kamala Harris has supported Medicare-for-all, Legalization of recreational marijuana, sanctuary cities, passing a DREAM Act, and lowering taxes for the working and middle classes while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest top 1% of Americans.

Senator Kamala Harris formally announced her run for president on January 27, 2019, at campaign rally in Oakland, where she vowed to fight for the “largest middle-class tax cut in a generation” while championing progressive issues. The rally attracted more than 20,000 attendees with an additional 12,000 around the venue.

New Congressional Black Caucus Members

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Had a great time welcoming the newly-elected women members into the Congressional Black Caucus today! The CBC is now the largest it’s ever been. Proud of this moment.

–Senator Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is Running for President

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) waves to the crowd as she formally launches her presidential campaign at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, California. -Tony Avelar/AP/REX/Shutterstock

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris

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Harris being sworn-in as California Attorney General. Today Kamala Harris was sworn into her second term in office by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, as her sister Maya looked on

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Harris announced the arrest of 101 Nuestra Familia gang leaders and members on June 8, 2011. Attorney General Kamala Harris announces conclusion of Operation Red Zone, in which 16 local, state, and federal agencies arrested 101 gang members in Madera and Merced counties. Los Banos – June 8, 2011.

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Harris touring the clean-up efforts at a beach affected by a 2015 oil spill. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris tours the cleanup efforts at the Refugio State Beach and surrounding area affected by May 19th’s oil spill.

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Harris announcing the creation of a Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to Protect Homeowners, May 23, 2011

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A New York Times bestseller

From one of America’s most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.

Senator Kamala Harris’s commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents–an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India–met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole. Known for bringing a voice to the voiceless, she took on the big banks during the foreclosure crisis, winning a historic settlement for California’s working families. Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data-driven approach to many of California’s thorniest issues, always eschewing stale “tough on crime” rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices. Neither “tough” nor “soft” but smart on crime became her mantra. Being smart means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might. That has been the pole star that guided Harris to a transformational career as the top law enforcement official in California, and it is guiding her now as a transformational United States Senator, grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality.

By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in THE TRUTHS WE HOLD a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values. In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come.

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Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer First Edition

The old approaches to fighting crime just aren’t working. Two thirds of people released from prison commit another crime within two years. In Smart on Crime, career prosecutor Kamala D. Harris shatters the old distinctions, rooted in false choices and myths, and offers a compelling argument for how to make the criminal justice system truly, not just rhetorically, tough. Harris spells out the necessary shifts that will increase public safety, reduce costs, and strengthen our communities when our politicians and law enforcement officials learn how to become tough and smart on crime.

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Superheroes Are Everywhere
By Kamala Harris (Author),
Mechal Renee Roe (Illustrator)

From Senator Kamala Harris comes a picture book with an empowering message: Superheroes are all around us–and if we try, we can all be heroes too.

Before Kamala Harris became a district attorney and a United States senator, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, among her friends, even down the street–there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you need to do to be a superhero is to be the best that you can be.

In this empowering and joyful picture book that speaks directly to kids, Kamala Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us. And with fun and engaging art by Mechal Renee Roe, as well as a guide to being a superhero at the end, this book is sure to have kids taking up the superhero mantle (cape and mask optional).

Kamala D. Harris Books on Tape

Kamala D. Harris is a lifelong public safety and civil rights leader, and is currently serving as a U.S. Senator from California. She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, then was elected District Attorney of San Francisco. As California’s Attorney General, Kamala prosecuted transnational gangs, big banks, Big Oil, for-profit colleges and fought against attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Harris also fought to reduce elementary school truancy and pioneered the nation’s first open data initiative to expose racial disparities in the criminal justice system and implemented implicit bias training for police officers. The second black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate, Kamala has worked to reform our criminal justice system, raise the minimum wage, make higher education tuition-free for the majority of Americans, and protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants.

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