Kamala Harris: America’s first woman vice president
January 20, 2021 - Kamala Harris makes history as she raises her right hand to become the first woman, first black and first Asian American to take the vice presidential oath of office.
Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and use two Bibles for the swearing-in, one of which belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice.
Harris has expressed admiration for both Sotomayor and Marshall. She and Sotomayor share experience as prosecutors, and she once called Marshall – like Harris, a graduate of Howard University – one of her “greatest heroes.”
Harris’ background in criminal justice could help a Biden administration tackle the issues of racial equality and policing. She is expected to be a top adviser on judicial nominations.
As the Senate’s only black woman, Harris emerged last year as a leading voice on racial justice and police reform after Minneapolis police killed African-American man George Floyd in May.
Harris, whose mother and father emigrated from India and Jamaica, respectively, is married to attorney Douglas Emhoff. His two children from a previous marriage refer to their stepmother as “Momala.”