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Kamala Harris Basic Information
|Stage Name:||VPOTOUS/ VP Harris/ Attorney Harris|
|Real Name:||Kamala Devi Harris|
|Occupation:||Politician, Author, and Attorney|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||20 October 1964 (59 Years Old)|
|Place of Birth:||Oakland, California|
|Net Worth:||$7.5 Million|
Kamala Harris Biography
On October 20, 1964, Kamala Devi Harris, the elder of two children born to Shyamala Gopalan, an Indian cancer researcher, and Donald Harris, a Jamaican economist, was born in Oakland, California. Her mother named her daughter Kamala as a tribute to women’s empowerment and her Indian heritage (Kamala is another name for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi).
Young Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris was bused to Thousand Oaks Elementary School in first grade during her second year of integration. She would play “Miss Mary Mack” and Cat’s Cradle with her pals on the bus as they rode from her primarily black, lower-middle-class area to her school in a wealthy white neighborhood for the following three years. After her mother was hired as a teacher at McGill University and a cancer researcher at Jewish General Hospital, Harris attended middle school and high school in Montreal.
Parents from Jamaica (father) and India (mother) immigrated to Oakland, California, where Kamala Harris was born. She was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and spent her teenage years in Montreal, Canada, before moving back to the United States to enroll at Howard University. They were introduced to Hinduism by their mother, who also brought them to a local Hindu temple where she sang occasionally. When they were young, she and her sister frequently traveled to Madras (now Chennai) to see their mother’s family. Her maternal grandfather, P. V. Gopalan, a retired Indian government servant whose progressive views on democracy and women’s rights impacted her, is credited with significantly influencing her. With her relatives and uncles who are Indian, Kamala Harris has maintained contact. Harris has also traveled to see her father’s relatives in Jamaica occasionally.
Donald J. Harris, a former economics professor at Stanford University and a Jamaican-American, came to the United States from British Jamaica in 1961 to pursue graduate studies at UC Berkeley. He earned a Ph.D. in economics there in 1966. At a collegiate group for African-American students(though Indian, Gopalan was allowed to join), Donald Harris met Shyamala Gopalan, the woman who would become his wife.
Kamala Harris’s parents connected over a mutual love for the civil rights movement, which was strong on campus when they first met at UC Berkeley while seeking doctorate degrees. They brought young Kamala to protests in a stroller when she was born. Harris’s mother raised her and her sister, Maya, in Berkeley on the top floor of a yellow duplex after her parents split when Harris was seven years old.
Maya Harris, Kamala Harris’ sister, is a lawyer and political analyst for MSNBC. Tony West, Kamala Harris’ brother-in-law, is general counsel for Uber and a former top official with the US Department of Justice. Meena, her niece, is the Phenomenal Women Action Campaign founder and a former executive in charge of strategy and leadership at Uber.
From Emhoff’s first marriage to film producer Kerstin Emhoff, Cole and Ella Emhoff have Kamala Harris as a stepmother.
Having a mutual acquaintance set them up on a blind date in 2013, Kamala Harris and attorney Doug Emhoff were introduced. Emhoff, a legal representative for the entertainment industry, was appointed partner-in-charge of Venable LLP’s Los Angeles office. After the 2020 presidential campaign, the entertainment and intellectual property lawyer and litigator resigned from his position to teach at Georgetown University and assume his Second Gentleman responsibilities. On August 22, 2014, Harris and Emhoff exchanged vows in Santa Barbara, California.
Democratic Party member Kamala Harris previously held the positions of California’s attorney general from 2011 to 2017 and senator for California from 2017 to 2021. She is the first African-American and Asian-American vice president, the highest-ranking female official in American history, and the first female vice president.
Terence Hallinan, her former boss, was defeated by Kamala Harris in the contest to become the district attorney of San Francisco in 2003 and became the first black woman to hold the office. As a result, the conviction rate in San Francisco increased from 52% to 67% in her first three years there. At the same time, she started the “Back on Track” campaign, which reduced recidivism by providing low-level criminals with job training and other services.
Due to a reputation for handling claims against a cop killer in 2004, Kamala Harris moved from being a favorite of the police to being shunned by police unions during her time as San Francisco’s district attorney. Kamala Harris also frequently expressed her opposition to the death sentence and pledged during her campaign that she would never seek it. However, many on the blue line turned against her after she declined to ask for the death penalty for a gang member found guilty of killing police officer Isaac Espinoza.
As a deputy district attorney in California’s Alameda County, Kamala Harris focused on sex offenses at the start of her professional career. From then, she became the managing attorney for San Francisco’s Career Criminal Unit. She was appointed chief of the San Francisco Community and Neighborhood Division of the District Attorney’s office in 2000, where she founded the first Bureau of Children’s Justice in the state. Kamala Harris, who won the election by a razor-thin margin over Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, became the state of California’s first female, black, and South Asian American attorney general in November 2010. She immediately established a name for herself by pulling out of settlement talks for deceptive mortgage practices with five of the most prominent financial organizations in the nation. The settlement amount she ultimately received was five times what she had first demanded.
Open Justice, an online platform that makes criminal justice data accessible to the public, was founded by Kamala Harris while she served as attorney general. By keeping track of the number of people in police custody who have died or been injured, the database has improved public trust in the police. She also oversaw the implementation of “Operation Boo,” a mandatory Halloween curfew for all homeless sex offenders.
Kamala Harris became the first South Asian American elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after defeating Loretta Sanchez. She received high praises from the left for her pointed interrogation of prominent witnesses like Brett Kavanaugh and then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In addition, Kamala Harris presented legislation to help those with rising housing costs and supported a single-payer healthcare system in the Senate.
In contrast to the other Senate Democrats, Kamala Harris co-sponsored 696 bills, and only 14% of those were filed by Republicans, according to GovTrack. However, she garnered more bicameral (House and Senate) support than any other senator in her class and had the most co-sponsors of any senator in her class for her bills.
As a senator, Kamala Harris introduced a bill passed into law in 2019: The Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act is S. 129 (116th). It calls for a national memorial to honor the lives lost on March 12, 1928, when Saint Francis Dam collapsed. Three additional bills she has sponsored have also been passed into law through other measures:
- S. 3055 (115th): Disaster Victims Passport and ID Relief Act of 2018
- S. 3033 (115th): COUNT Victims Act
- S. 729 (115th): John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act.
On January 20, 2021, Kamala Harris took over as vice president of the United States after Joe Biden was elected president in the 2020 election. She is the first African-American and Asian-American vice president, the highest-ranking female elected official in American history, and the first female vice president of the United States. She is the second person of color to hold the position; the first being Native American and Kaw Nation member Charles Curtis, who had the role from 1929 to 1933 under Herbert Hoover. In addition, after Curtis and former president Barack Obama, Kamala Harris is the third person with acknowledged non-European ancestry to hold one of the top positions in the executive branch.
Kamala Harris was named One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013.
Three books by Kamala Harris have been published. She had her first in 2009. “Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer” examines her views and suggestions for criminal justice reform. (though tough on sex offenders, she has brought a less punitive approach to sex workers). In addition, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” a memoir that reflects her connections and background, and “Superheroes Are Everywhere,” a picture-book autobiography for kids, both came out in the first few months of 2019.
The combined net worth of Kamala Harris and her spouse was estimated to be $5.8 million as of August 2019. Based on her Senate disclosure form submitted in May, Fortune estimated her net worth at $6.3 million in 2020. As of 2021, Kamala Harris’ net worth was predicted to be $7 million, and it is only standard for the value to rise following her position in government.
VP Kamala Harris has a modest but respectable car collection. She frequently drives various expensive cars in her motorcade, as would be expected given her position as vice president of the United States. As a result, listing all of her vehicles may be challenging because, given her status and fortune, she can buy any car she wants that falls within her acceptable net worth range. The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Suburban are two vehicles she knows to own.
Kamala Harris has opulent residences throughout the country, from California to Washington, DC. In SoMa, San Francisco, Harris owns a condo with 1,000 square feet. Located at 1 Observatory Circle, her official residence is a six-bedroom home constructed in 1893. The house had undergone millions of dollars worth of improvements since it was made the vice president’s official residence in 1974, almost half of which were finished when Al Gore moved in 1993. At the Westlight condominium, Harris owns a condo of 1,700 square feet. The Westlight website indicates that the flat includes two bedrooms and, presumably, two bathrooms, replicating the arrangement of other units in the building.
Kamala Harris identifies as an American. But it is known that she also has African-American and Asian-American roots (Indian and Jamaican ancestry).
Kamala Harris dreamed of becoming a lawyer as a Westmount High School student. Instead, after graduating, she went to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she studied political science and economics to receive a B.A. She later returned to California to finish her legal education at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she received her J.D. in 1989.