Kamala Harris Makes History, Elected To U.S. Senate

News & Views | 11/09/2016 | 09:46 AM EST

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The California State Attorney General becomes only the second African-American woman to make it into the U.S. Senate.

While Donald Trump's presidential win has the nation divided, one election proved to be a step in the right direction.

California voters, helped make history by making Kamala Harris, the second Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Carrying the endorsments of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other top Democrats; Harris, 51, defeated challenger Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange).


The daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, the Oakland-native is a graduate of Howard University and attended law school at the University of California.

Harris previously broke new ground becoming the first woman elected as California attorney general.

She will succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer, who is retiring after serving four terms, and follows in the footsteps of Carol Moseley Braun, who became the first African American female to be elected a U.S. senator in 1993.



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