On Tuesday, November 8th, Attorney General Kamala Harris was elected California’s first U.S senator in 24 years and the first African-American and Asian-American to represent California in the Senate. Both Harris and her competitor Loretta Sanchez ran as Democrats per California’s “top-two” primary system, and Harris went home with the win on Election Day.
The “top-two” primary system allows the top two candidates regardless of party to advance to the general election. Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent was endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Governor Jerry Brown, and the California Democratic Party and won 66% of the state’s voters.
“Together, we are going to lead the nation just as the state of California always has. I am honored by the trust you have placed in me and ready to get to work in the Senate.” – Kamala Harris
Harris was elected California’s Attorney General in 2010 and since then she has tackled important issues such as transnational gangs, drug trafficking across the border and marriage equality. Harris has taken action against sex trafficking by charging the founders of the popular online advertising website Backpage with counts of sexual exploitation.
Harris will become the second African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, following Illinois’ Carol Moseley Braun and the first to represent California. #BlackGirlMagic