Throughout her career, Kamala has been a fearless advocate for the voiceless and vulnerable and in her first year as California’s Senator has been a vocal and determined fighter on behalf of all Californians.
Kamala has introduced or co-sponsored legislation to reform our criminal justice system, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, make higher education tuition free for the vast majority of Americans, protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants, and expand access to affordable, quality health care by creating a Medicare for All-style program.
She has been a key voice in the fight to hold Trump accountable, asking the tough questions on behalf of the people of California.
Kamala serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Select Committee On Intelligence, Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Committee On Budget.
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As California’s Attorney General, Kamala made California more safe by prosecuting transnational gangs that exploited women and children, and trafficked in guns and drugs. She led comprehensive studies and investigations into the impacts of transnational criminal organizations and human trafficking in California.
Kamala also fought for California families in the wake of the financial and national mortgage crisis, when she challenged Wall Street greed and took on the big banks, winning over $20 billion for homeowners, creating the multidivisional Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to crack down on fraud, and passing a “Homeowners Bill of Rights,” establishing the nation’s most comprehensive anti-foreclosure protections.
Kamala aggressively defended the rights of consumers as Attorney General, winning major settlements holding big corporations accountable and forging innovative agreements with the technology industry to protect the privacy of Californians and crack down against online crime.
She successfully sued predatory for-profit colleges that scammed students and veterans, prosecuted Big Oil polluters, and defended the Affordable Care Act from Republican attacks. Kamala was proud to lead the team that helped bring down California’s Proposition 8 at the U.S. Supreme Court and to fight for marriage equality nationwide.
When the U.S. Supreme Court took up important cases on women’s health, Kamala fought to require for-profit companies to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act, and to protect patients’ rights to access reproductive health clinics. As Attorney General, she sponsored legislation to ensure that crisis pregnancy centers provide women in California medically accurate information about the full range of reproductive services.
Kamala has worked intensively to protect children and students. She established California’s Bureau of Children’s Justice and fought to reduce elementary school truancy so that every California child can exercise his or her constitutional right to an education. As Attorney General, Harris successfully sued predatory for-profit colleges that scammed students and veterans.
Throughout her career, Kamala has been a leading advocate for innovation and reform in the criminal justice system. She worked to increase the adoption of technology and data-driven policing to assist law enforcement in the efficient investigation and prosecution of crime, established the first Office of Recidivism Reduction and Reentry and pioneered the nation’s first open data initiative to expose racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Kamala served two terms as District Attorney of San Francisco. Defeating a two-term incumbent, she was first elected in 2003, and was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term in November 2007.
She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. In 1998, she joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she led the Career Criminal Unit. She also served as the head of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Division on Children and Families.
Born in Oakland, Kamala Harris is a graduate of Howard University, America’s oldest historically Black university. In 2017, she gave the commencement address at Howard, which you can watch here:
Kamala earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
She is married to Doug Emhoff and a stepmother to Ella and Cole Emhoff, and is the author of the book Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer.