U.S. Elections 2020
US elections: Kamala Harris becomes the first woman elected vice president of the United States
Kamala Harris, former prosecutor, goes down in history. This Saturday, following the election of Joe Biden, she becomes the first woman to become the vice-president of the United States. Return on his extraordinary career.
It is going down in history! Following the victory of Joe Biden in the American election this Saturday, Kamala Harris, former prosecutor and senator of California, becomes the first black woman elected vice-president of the United States. At 56, she allowed the Democrat to garner the votes of a more diverse electorate, who wanted to be better represented at the top of power.
The daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, she also becomes the first black person to hold such a position in the country. During the campaign, she called on women to mobilize. The senator also led a more active campaign than Joe Biden, dancing to the rhythm of the marching bands. She also met in Milwaukee the family of Jacob Blake, a black man seriously injured by the police, in the midst of historic anger against racism in the United States.
A pioneer in the White House
Born October 20, 1964, Kamala Harris grew up in Oakland, where her parents – an economics professor father and a now deceased breast cancer researcher mother – were civil rights activists. A graduate of Howard University, she regularly recalls her membership in the association of black students “Alpha Kappa Alpha”.
After two terms as a prosecutor in San Francisco (2004-2011), she was twice elected attorney general of California (2011-2017), becoming the first woman, but also the first black person, to head the judicial services. of the most populous state in the country. Then in early 2017, she was sworn in to the Senate in Washington, registering as the first woman from South Asia and only the second black senator in history.
During the Democratic primary, she had promised to “lead the indictment” against Donald Trump. But if she dreamed of becoming the first black female president of the United States, she ultimately decided to run for vice president. Her experiences in the legislative and judicial branches, her closeness to Beau Biden, son of Joe and former Delaware prosecutor who died of cancer in 2015, convinced her ex-rival to choose her as his running mate.
Facing Mike Pence, in the vice-presidents’ debate alone, she had repeatedly attacked the executive’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, which she called “the biggest failure of any presidential administration in the world. history “of the country. The next day, Donald Trump had called her a “monster” who only tells “lies”.
Kamala Harris eventually becomes Vice President of the United States, with an eye certainly on the 2024 presidential election.