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LADIES FIRST: Kamala Devi Harris

Kampala Devi Harris is the first woman and the first African-American and South Asian woman to become California’s Attorney General- a position she has held since 2011. Prior to that, Harris served two terms as San Francisco’s District Attorney, where she developed a stellar reputation for opposing the death penalty and for defending San Francisco’s immigrant rights laws. Harris, a Democrat, won the primary election for the U.S. Senate seat in California and this November, she will face the runner-up, Democrat Loretta Sanchez, to determine who will replace Democrat Barbara Boxer in the 2016 election.

Harris was born in Oakland, California and raised in Berkeley. She is the daughter of an Indian mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a breast cancer specialist, who immigrated from Chennai, India and a Jamaican American father, a Stanford University economics professor

She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C.and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989. She was admitted to the California bar in 1990.