Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.
The selection will make Harris the third woman — and first Black candidate — to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.
Biden said in an email to supporters Tuesday afternoon:
“You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President.
“I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021.
‘These aren’t normal times. I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person.”
Biden’s pick came amid intense pressure from Democrats not only to pick a woman, which he promised to do in March, but to pick a woman of color.
Below are 7 facts we know about Kamala Harris
1. Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, Calif., and grew up in Berkeley. She’s the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants
2. Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
3. She worked as a prosecutor in the Alameda County and San Francisco district attorney’s offices before she ran for San Francisco district attorney in 2003 and lost. But she went on to win election as California attorney general in 2010.
4. In 2016, however, Harris became just the second Black woman in U.S. history to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
5. The longtime prosecutor also sat on the Judiciary Committee, which oversaw the confirmation of two U.S. Supreme Court justices: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
6. In January 2019, Harris launched a bid for the White House.
7. Above all, Harris will be the fourth woman on a major party’s national ticket. All three women to previously run for president and vice president have lost: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008 and Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.
Meanwhile, the only previous Black candidate on a presidential ticket, Obama, won the White House with Biden at his side in 2008.