A woman who’s made history
Kamala Harris is a trailblazer who had already made history as the first African American, the first South Asian, and the first woman to serve as attorney general in the state of California. This year, EMILY’s List helped her make history all over again as the second African American woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate and the first to be elected in over two decades. As senator, we know she’ll stand up to the Republicans’ extreme agenda and continue fighting on behalf of hardworking California families facing the tough odds of “stagnant wages and diminishing opportunity.”
A fighter who defends the middle class
Kamala is the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father who met in graduate school, fighting for civil rights and equal opportunity for all. Following in her parents’ footsteps — and inspired by lawyers like Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley — Kamala went to law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After graduation, she became a prosecutor, standing up for hardworking California women, families, and veterans. As California’s “top cop,” her job has been to protect some of her state’s most vulnerable citizens — and she did, winning record felony convictions for the people of California, motivated by her belief that “a crime against any one of us is a crime against all of us.” As attorney general, she showed she’s not afraid to stand up to Wall Street, winning back $20 billion for California homeowners after the housing market crash and protecting hardworking middle-class families by writing a first-of-its-kind Homeowner Bill of Rights that instituted some of the toughest foreclosure reforms in the country.
A progressive champion who will stand up for us
In 2003, when she ran for San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala was up against a tough two-term incumbent. Early polling had her at just six percent. But with a lot of determination, and with some help from her EMILY’s List sisters, she won that race — and she kept on winning, becoming California’s first woman attorney general in 2010. In 2016, she faced another history-making fight and won. In the Senate, she’ll be carry on the legacy of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who spent her more than three decades in Congress standing up for the middle class and fighting for a fair shot for hardworking American families. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, having Kamala’s voice at the table fighting for the same issues she’s spent her entire career championing is more critically important than ever.