Timeline of Kamala Harris. Overview of important dates and events of her life and career. Kamala Harris is an American politician and attorney who is the vice president-elect of the United States.
19 October 1964
The Birth of Kamala Harris
Kamala Devi Harris was born in Oakland, California, on October 20, 1964. She was born to Shyamala Gopalan and Donald J. Harris. Her mother was a biologist who researched the progesterone receptor. Kamala Harris’ father, Donald J. Harris, is a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics.
31 August 1986
Kamala Harris Graduates from Howard
Kamala Harris attended Howard University, a historically black university (HBCU) in Washington, D.C. During her time at the university, Harris interned as a mailroom clerk for California senator Alan Cranston. She was also very active at the university, serving as the chair of the economics society, leader of the debate team, and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She graduated from Howard in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics.
31 August 1989
Harris Graduates with a Juris Doctor
After graduating from Howard, Harris enrolled in the law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law via its Legal Education Opportunity Program. While at UC Hastings, Harris’ aptitude for leadership was seen in her being chosen as the president its chapter of the Black Law Students Association. In 1989, she graduated from the institution with a Juris Doctor. She was then admitted to the California Bar in June of the following year.
31 December 1989
Harris Served as Deputy District Attorney
Harris was selected to serve as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California. Here, she earned a reputation for toughness as she prosecuted cases of gang violence, drug trafficking, and sexual abuse. She later became district attorney of San Francisco in 2002.
31 December 1993
Kamala Harris Appointed to the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
Kamala Harris was selected by California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown to serve on the State Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. She was later added to the California Medical Assistance Commission.
31 January 1998
Harris Works with Terence Hallinan
Kamala Harris was hired by San Francisco district attorney Terence Hallinan as an assistant district attorney. She later became the chief of the Career Criminal Division. In this role, she supervised five other attorneys.
31 December 2001
Harris Runs for District Attorney of San Francisco
Harris ran for District Attorney of San Francisco against Hallinan and Fazio in 2002. She won with over 56% of the vote. Harris became the first person of color elected as district attorney of San Francisco.
31 October 2007
Harris Runs Unopposed for Re-election
Kamala Harris ran for re-election to the office of District Attorney of San Francisco. She Her bid was unopposed. Her track record was excellent. She took the conviction rate of drug deals from 56% (2003) to 74% in 2006. By 2009, the felony conviction rate in San Francisco increased from 50% to 76%.
1 March 2008
Kamala Harris Named One of 34 Attorneys of the Year
California Lawyer Magazine named Kamala Harris as one of 34 Attorneys of the Year in 2008. In that same year, she was identified by an article in the New York Times as a woman with potential to become president of the US.
2 January 2011
Kamala Harris Sworn in as California Attorney General
Kamala Harris announced that she would be running for California attorney general on November 12, 2008. She won and was later sworn in on January 3, 2011. Her winning the post of California attorney general was historic as she became the first woman, the first African American as well as the first South Asian American to take the office of the Attorney General in the state’s history.
3 November 2014
Re-elected as California Attorney General Defeating Ronald Gold
In February 2014, Harris made it known that she would be running for re-election to the office of Attorney General in California. She filed the necessary paperwork and did all that was necessary to run for the office on February 12, 2014. She won on November 4, 2014, against Ronald Gold.
31 October 2016
Kamala Harris Served as Senator
After the announcement of the retirement of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kamala Harris wasted no time to announce that she would be running for her seat. The official launch of her campaign was on January 13, 2015. She was endorsed by the California Democratic Party in February 2016. She received almost 80% of the vote. Kamala Harris went on to defeat Sanchez in the election held in November 2016. She received more than 60% of the votes. She led in all counties except four.
20 January 2019
Candidacy for President in the 2020 United States Presidential Election
Kamala Harris made the official announcement of her candidacy for the president of the United States of America in the 2020 United States presidential election on January 21, 2019. Her formal campaign launch was supported by over 20,000 people. It was held in her hometown, Oakland, California. Later, on December 3, 2019, Kamala Harris withdrew from seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party. She states the reason behind her withdrawal is a shortage of financial resources. In March 2020, she endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States of America.
11 August 2020
Harris Selected as Joe Biden Running Mate
The senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed the idea of Harris running alongside Joe Biden. She was later selected to be Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 presidential election. The formal announcement of the Biden-Harris ticket was made on August 11, 2020. Kamala Harris’ selection is historic as it made her the first African American, first Indian American, and the third woman to be selected as the vice-presidential nominee for a major party ticket.
7 November 2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Elected to Lead America
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared as the President-elect and Vice President-elect on November 7, 2020. Kamala Harris again makes history in the realm of politics. She is the first African American, the first Indian American, and the first woman to serve as the Vice President of the United States of America.