Kamala Harris Has A Unique Bay Area History

Illustration by Tiffany Dang

In August the Bay Area’s own Senator Kamala Harris joined Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as his vice presential candidate. Harris became the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated to this high office. Her life has been filled with history-making accolades, here is a timeline of Bay Area milestones.

1964 — Born at Kaiser hospital in Oakland California

1970 — Began attending Thousand Oaks Elementary School in Berkeley; she was part of the second class to be integrated there

1989 — Graduates from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.; was president of the Black Law Students Association

1990 — Becomes deputy district attorney in Alameda County; Assembly Speaker Willie Brown appoints her to several prominent boards

2004 — Becomes district attorney in San Francisco; during the campaign she pledges to never seek the Death Penalty

2011 — Becomes California’s attorney general; delivers a memorable address at the Democratic Nation Convention a year later

2017 — Becomes a U.S. senator representing California; in 2019 she called for U.S. attorney general William Barr to testify before Congress about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation


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