Kamala Harris was the first Black woman to represent California in the US senate when she took office in January 2017. But she was making history long before then.
She was the first Black person and first woman elected district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of California, a position she held until 2016.
And she’s still shattering glass ceilings. This month, she was sworn in as Vice President of the United States — the first woman, first Black woman and first Asian American to hold that post.
Many advocates had called for a Black woman to replace her, but California Gov. Gavin Newsom instead appointed Alex Padilla, California’s first Latino senator. While historic, it leaves no Black women in the upper chamber of the US Congress.
“When you think about the history of this country, of the challenges that exist for African Americans … this is a real blow to the African-American community, to African-American women, to women in general,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said.
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