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Kamala Harris

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Twitter Followers: 3.4M

Running, 2020, Presidential Primary Election (Withdraw on December 3, 2019)

March States

Senate, United States Senate (2017 - Present)

California U.S. Senate, Jr (? - Present)

2019


Congress Bills
Biography

Personal

Political Experience

Current Legislative Committees

Professional Experience

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Additional Information


Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

On January 21, 2019, Harris announced she was running for president of the United States.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. When she took office, Harris became the state's first female, first black, and first Asian American attorney general, as well as the first Tamil attorney general in U.S. history. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

Harris was born in Oakland, California, in 1964. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science and economics in 1986 and earned her law degree from Hastings College in 1989.

After graduating from law school, Harris joined the office of the Alameda County district attorney, where she worked for eight years as a prosecutor. In 1998, Harris was hired as managing attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney's Career Criminal Unit. She transferred to head the Division on Families and Children in 2000. In 2003, Harris was elected San Francisco District Attorney. She won re-election in 2007.

In 2010, Harris defeated Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley (R) to win election as state attorney general, receiving 46% of the vote to Cooley's 45%. She won re-election in 2014 over attorney Ronald Gold (R) with 56% of the vote. In 2016, Harris defeated Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) to win election to the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer (D). She received 62% of the vote to Sanchez's 38%.

In 2009, Harris authored Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make Us Safer, where she discussed potential changes to the criminal justice system. She wrote The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, a memoir, and Superheroes Are Everywhere, a picture book, in 2018.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Harris' academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2017-Present: U.S. Senator from California
  • 2011-2016: Attorney general of California
  • 2004-2011: District attorney of San Francisco
  • 1990-1998: Deputy district attorney, Alameda County, Calif.
  • 1989: Graduated from the University of California, Hastings with a J.D.
  • 1986: Graduated from Howard University with a B.A.
Elections

2020

Presidency

An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Harris announced she was running for president on January 21, 2019.

2016

rated California's U.S. Senate race as safely Democratic. California's U.S. Senate seat was open following the retirement of incumbent Barbara Boxer (D). Thirty-four candidates filed to run to replace Boxer, including seven Democrats, 12 Republicans, and 15 third-party candidates. Two Democrats, Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez, defeated the other 32 candidates to advance to the general election, where Harris ultimately triumphed. The primary took place on June 7, 2016.

U.S. Senate, California General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKamala Harris 61.6% 7,542,753
Democratic Loretta Sanchez 38.4% 4,710,417
Total Votes 12,253,170
Source: California Secretary of State

U.S. Senate, California Primary, 2016

Campaign themes

The following issues were listed on Harris' campaign website. For a full list of campaign themes, .

  • Civil Rights, Justice & Equality For All: Kamala has spent her entire career fighting for the voiceless and vulnerable in our society and against those who prey on them, and she’ll continue those fights in the Senate. She will stand up for a woman’s right to choose and equal pay for equal work, lead the charge against LGBT discrimination, work to pass comprehensive immigration reform, expand access to voting, and focus on fixing a broken criminal justice system.
  • Criminal Justice Reform: Kamala believes that we must maintain a relentless focus on reducing violence and aggressively prosecuting violent criminals. But as a career prosecutor, she has also seen firsthand the devastating effects of mass incarceration and the revolving door of recidivism. We deserve a better return on our investment. Instead of a justice system that responds to all crime as equal, we need a “smart on crime” approach – one that applies innovative, data-driven methods to make our system more efficient and effective.
  • Environment: Kamala believes that California’s great strengths include its dramatic beauty and environmental diversity: from the tall, mist-shrouded redwoods to vast desert vistas; from stunning sandy beaches to rushing rivers and the soaring Sierra Nevada mountains; from productive agricultural valleys to rolling, oak-studded hills.
  • Foreign Policy: Kamala Harris’s approach to foreign policy is informed by her work as a career prosecutor. We live in a dangerous world and she believes we need to be vigilant about the threats we face. She has tackled some of the biggest challenges we face across the globe – from dismantling human trafficking rings to taking down transnational criminal organizations that bring guns and drugs across our borders.
  • Higher Education: Kamala believes that meaningful access to education is a pathway to the American dream – it is how we build a better life for our families and ourselves. In today’s economy, a postsecondary education is increasingly a necessity to secure sustainable employment with decent wages – but it shouldn’t have to be that way.

—Kamala Harris' campaign website

2014

Harris won re-election to the office of state attorney general in 2014.

Results

Primary election

Attorney General of California, Blanket Primary, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKamala Harris Incumbent 53.2% 2,177,480
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Gold 12.3% 504,091
Republican Phil Wyman 11.7% 479,468
Republican David King 9% 368,190
Republican John Haggerty 8.2% 336,433
Nonpartisan Orly Taitz 3.2% 130,451
Libertarian Jonathan Jaech 2.4% 99,056
Total Votes 4,095,169
Election results via California Secretary of State


General election

Attorney General of California, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKamala Harris Incumbent 57.5% 4,102,649
Republican Ronald Gold 42.5% 3,033,476
Total Votes 7,136,125
Election results via California Secretary of State

2010

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
Democratic Party Kamala Harris 33.1%
Democratic Party Chris Kelly 15.9%
Democratic Party Alberto Torrico 14.9%
Democratic Party Ted Lieu 10.5%
Democratic Party Rocky Delgadillo 10.1%
Democratic Party Pedro Nava 9.9%
Democratic Party Mike Schmier 5.6%
Total Votes 1,676,360
Kamala Harris for California Attorney General 2010 Campaign logo

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election

Party Candidate Vote Percentage
Democratic Party Kamala Harris 46.0%
Republican Party Steve Cooley 45.5%
Green Party Peter Allen 2.7%
Libertarian Party Timothy Hannan 2.5%
American Independent Party Diane Templin 1,7%
Peace and Freedom Party Robert J. Evans 1.6%
Total Votes 9,544,403
Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Education

Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Unknown Position

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- No

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Unknown Position

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Unknown Position

Articles

'Cancel Culture' Candidates Don't Make the Cut in Democratic Primary

Jan. 5

WASHINGTON -- Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Thursday that he was bowing out of the 2020 Democratic primary. The only reason to notice or care is that Castro was one of the more shrill candidates, so it's good that he never found purchase in the crowded field and hence had to "suspend" his campaign. Like Kamala Harris, the California Democratic senator who dropped out in December, Castro has been part of the left's "cancel culture" that seeks to silence those with differing views rather than to debate in the marketplace of ideas. Harris tried to stand out in the primary by telling Twitter to cancel President Donald Trump's account "as a matter of safety." She must have known the stunt would fail, but clearly figured that advocating to censor a Republican president was a shrewd career move. Amen to that not working. Over the summer, Rep. Joaquin Castro, who is the former HUD secretary's twin brother and closest ally, tweeted the names and occupations of 44 constituents in his San Antonio district who had contributed the maximum amount -- $2,800 per election -- to the Trump campaign. Their contributions, the House Democrat explained, "are fueling a campaign of hate," and he argued that the anti-immigrant manifesto written by the El Paso shooter who left 22 innocents dead "could have been written by the people that write Trump's speeches." The former HUD secretary explicitly supported his brother naming names. From the start, the congressman was wrong to link Trump to the El Paso shooter. The shooter said he reached his views on what he called a "Hispanic invasion" before Trump launched his 2016 campaign. There is no linkage here, only political opportunism. Widening the circle of blame to Trump donors only expands the list to include more people who had absolutely nothing to do with the El Paso slaughter. Why would anyone who is duly appalled at those murders want to do that? On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Castro argued it was not his intent that Trump donors be harassed; besides, donor names are public record. "What I would like for them to do is think twice before supporting a guy who's fueling hate in this country," he said. That's the classic guilt-by-association tactic that hangs on the lie that all Trump supporters must be racist. Know that when a congressman tweets the names and other information about Trump donors, he is inviting intolerant co-believers to lash out at Trump supporters in inappropriate ways. It's amazing how often partisans who say they want to stop hate and protect the innocent are happy to throw gasoline on the fire in a quest to establish their moral superiority. And that's no way to win in 2020, by going after Trump donors for fueling hatred. Former President Barack Obama understands that. At an event in Chicago in October, Obama admonished younger voters for demanding purity and jumping on social media to show how "politically woke" they are. "The world is messy. There are ambiguities," Obama noted before he panned those who believe "the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people." Obama called out those who tweet against others for something they said and then pride themselves for being so strong on social justice. "That's not activism," Obama added. "That's not bringing about change." The exit of Castro and Harris also shows that excelling in the smug factor is not the ticket to winning the Democratic nomination. Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Safe Gun Storage Act

Dec. 18

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 18 of their Senate colleagues in introducing new legislation directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for firearm locks and firearm safes. U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives earlier this year. "There is a gun violence epidemic in this country," said Senator Harris. "This legislation will help keep children and families safe by establishing important standards for firearm locks and firearm safes-- a vital step in preventing gun violence. It's imperative that we stop firearms from falling into the wrong hands. We must act now." An estimated 4.6 million American minors live in a household with a firearm. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54 percent of gun owners report storing their firearms in an unsafe manner. Eighteen percent of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of this high rate of improperly stored firearms in homes. Along with Harris and Blumenthal, the Safe Gun Storage Act is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Harris Statement on the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

Dec. 18

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released a statement following the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump: "In the United States of America, nobody is above the law. And nobody, especially a president, is exempt from accountability. Our nation's founders provided Congress with the tool of impeachment because they envisioned a day when a future president would abuse his power and block congressional checks and oversight. Now, Donald J. Trump will go down as only the third president in American history to be impeached. "I thank my colleagues in the House of Representatives for conducting a thorough investigation that lived up our founders' expectations. The facts led to two clear and troubling articles of impeachment--all despite unprecedented obstruction from the president. "It will soon fall on the United States Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty to review the facts of the case and determine whether the president's actions warrant his removal from office. In the impeachment trial of President Trump, I will fight for truth, fairness, and justice. I urge each of my Senate colleagues to do the same."

Debates/Survey

2019

Dec. 9
Join Kamala Harris in Denver!

Mon 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM MST

3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216-5021, United States

Nov. 30
Shirley Chisholm Day of Action

Sat 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST

Nov. 27
Iowa Teachers for Kamala House Party

Wed 9:45 AM – 11:20 AM CST

Waukee, Iowa Waukee, IA

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