California Attorney General Kamala Harris (pronounced “KAH-mah-lah”) plans to enter what’s expected to be a full field in the 2016 race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate. She is a good friend of President Barack Obama, and he has been a mentor to her in her political career.
Refered to in The Atlantic as “The New Democratic Hope,” Harris is uniquely positioned for national office.
Harris is the kind of candidate both parties dream of: young (for a politician, at least; she’s 50), charismatic, multiethnic, accomplished. In 2013, President Obama came under fire for calling her “the best-looking attorney general in the country,” for which he later apologized. Born to an Indian physician mother and a Jamaican-American father who was a professor of economics at Stanford, she was elected attorney general in 2010, after spending most of her career as a prosecutor. That made her California’s first black, first female, and first Asian-American AG.
Further, the profile outlines Harris’ political leanings.
Like Boxer, Harris would likely be a solid liberal voice in the Senate. She’s been outspoken in her support for gun control, is pro-choice, and opposes the death penalty. She’s also used her office to investigate banks for mortgage malfeasance in the housing bubble.
Here are some quick facts about her background:
AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE – 50; Oct. 20, 1964; Oakland, California.
PARTY – Democrat.
EXPERIENCE – Elected California attorney general in 2010, the first female and first minority to hold the office. Handily won re-election in 2014. Elected San Francisco district attorney in 2003, re-elected in 2007. Served as deputy district attorney in Alameda and San Francisco counties, 1990-2002.
EDUCATION – Bachelor’s degree from Howard University, 1986; law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1989.
INERESTING TIDBITS – Dated former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in the 90s. She was 29, he was 60; Member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Learned how to play poker from her mother’s father, whom she used to visit in India during summers.
FAMILY – Married to Douglas Emhoff, partner in Los Angeles law firm in August, 2014.