Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris comes from a family of lawyers and Stanford graduates. Meet the family.

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On August 11, Joe Biden announced he had picked Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election.

Kamala Harris, 55, is a Democratic senator from California who serves on the Senate Judiciary, Intelligence, Security and Governmental Affairs, and Budget Committees. 

Prior to joining the Senate, she served as the District Attorney of San Francisco and the Attorney General of California between 2004 and 2017. 

During her time at the Senate, Harris has won praise for her famously fiery line of questioning during hearings. Prominent figures like Attorney General Bill Barr and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have found themselves at the other end of her prosecutorial questions. 

Harris launched her own bid for President in 2019 before ending her campaign in December due to a lack of sufficient funding.

Harris and her younger sister Maya were raised by their late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris.

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When news broke that Joe Biden had picked Harris as his running mate for the 2020 election, Maya shared a moving tweet of Harris talking about their late mother. “You can’t know who @KamalaHarris is without knowing who our mother was. Missing her terribly, but know she and the ancestors are smiling today,” she wrote. 

Shyamala Gopalan Harris, the daughter of an Indian diplomat, moved to the US from India in the 60s to attend the University of California, Berkeley, to study nutrition and endocrinology. 

Gopalan Harris spent her career in cancer research and worked at a number of different institutions, including McGill University and the University of Illinois. Per Forbes, some of her most important work was in breast cancer research.

She died of colon cancer in 2009 a few months after she turned 70. “One of the last questions she asked the hospice nurse was, ‘Are my daughters going to be O.K.?’ She was focused on being our mother until the very end,” Harris wrote in a New York Times op-ed.

“There was never a question that they were Indian. I don’t think she felt conflicted about it. She told the girls, ‘You are Indian; you are [B]lack. You don’t have to prove that you’re one or the other,'” a family relative told the Los Angeles Times.

Donald Harris, Harris’ father, was a professor of economics at Stanford University for over two decades before retiring in 1998.

Donald Harris was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to the US in the 1960s to study economics at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he met Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, during campus protests.

Gopalan Harris and Donald separated when Harris was 5 and divorced when she was 7. Casey Tolan wrote for Mercury News that Harris’ mother had primary custody over her two daughters. The girls saw their father during …read more

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