Who is VP Kamala Harris and Could She Win the Next Presidency?

 


Vice President Kamala Harris is the 1st female Vice President in U.S history. She is also the first woman,  first black American and South Asian American to be elected vice president of the United States. Vice President Harris accepted President Joe Biden’s invitation to become his VP on August 11, 2020.

To understand Vice President Kamala Harris  and what she aims to achieve as vice president is to understand the amazing relationship she had  with her mother, Shyamala Gopalan. “My mother would look at me and she’d say, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.’”

Shyamala Gopalan who was a great influence on Kamala growing up, was born in on December 7, 1938, in Madras, Madras Province, British India (present-day Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) Shyamala Gopalan Harris immigrated to the United States from India.

Shyamala Gopalan was a world-renowned American biomedical scientist born in British India, whose work in isolating and characterizing the progesterone receptor gene stimulated advances in breast biology and oncology. She passed away February 11, 2009.

 

Kamala Harris- Notable Accomplishments:

 

Kamala Harris made an official  announcement for her candidacy for President of the United States on January 21, 2019 for the 2020 United States presidential election. While dropping out of the race, Harris ended up as Vice President of the United States 2021.

 

In 1990, Harris was hired as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California. In  1994, Harris was appointed to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and soon thereafter to the California Medical Assistance Commission.

San Francisco district attorney Terence Hallinan appointed Harris as Assistant District Attorney, later on to become Chief for San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan and managing five attorneys.

Harris led the Family and Children’s Services Division representing child abuse and neglect cases in her new position working with City Attorney Louise Renne. Later on, in  2002 Harris won with 56 percent of the vote, and became the  first person of color elected as district attorney of San Francisco.

 

Harris announced her candidacy for California attorney general November 12 -2008. Her candidacy was a success and  was sworn in on January 3, 2011 as the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian American to hold the Attorney General’s office in the state’s history.

In March 2012, the nation’s three largest mortgage companies—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo— signed a landmark agreement with California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to deliver $12 billion in mortgage assistance to California families. This separate California Agreement was reached at the same time as the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement.1

As attorney general Harris created Open Justice, an online platform that made criminal justice data available to the public. The database helped improve police accountability by collecting information on the number of deaths and injuries of those in police custody.

Harris was the first candidate to declare her intention to run for Boxer’s senate seat. The California Democratic Party voted at its convention to endorse Harris, in February 2016 and   received nearly eighty percent of the vote.

Vogue to release new Kamala Harris cover after original photo sparks backlash.

Not without controversy, Harris appeared on the front cover of Vogue magazine. Two photos were taken. One, a full-length picture of  Vice President Kamala Harris wearing a  Donald Deal jacket and Converse sneakers. Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, February 2021.

Another photo was taken of  the vice president wearing a Michael Kors Collection suit. Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, February 2021.The original cover image  taken of  VP Harris wearing sneakers and black sneakers went into an uproar on social media.

Comments were made about why Vogue would choose such a casual look over more formal attire that would show greatness in strength instead of casualness. At the time when Harris was Vice President Elect, it was reported that it shows lack of respect for a  vice presidential position. The final cover chosen was the vice president looking graceful and fabulous in the Michael Kors Collection suit.

 

Vice President Kamala Harris could be on the ticket for the 2024 Presidential Election. With many of her accomplishments, drive and determination to unite the country, there could be a possibility she would run.  An incoming president usually has a higher favorite to win a second term. Biden , older than the 45 previous presidents will be 82 years of age at the time of a  2024 race.

We will have to see what transpires over the next four years and what the Biden administration has accomplished at that time.


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