Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to be his running mate, making the Harris the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. If elected, she would be the nation’s first female, first Black and first Asian American vice president.
In a tweet announcing his choice, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president described Harris as “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.”
Along with being the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party, Harris is the fourth woman in history to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets.
Born to immigrant parents (her mother is Indian and her father Jamaican), Harris has previously described herself as “a proud American” whose African American and Indian heritage “are of equal weight in terms of who I am.”
On Tuesday, Harris took to Twitter to announce she was honoured to join Biden on the ticket. “Joe Biden can unify the America people, because he’s spent his life fighting for us.”