Written by on January 6, 2017

Kamala Harris – who has Jamaican heritage, has been sworn in as California’s newest Senator.

On Tuesday, Harris – the state’s first black Attorney General, officially became the first black legislator in its history.

Harris – whose mother is Indian and father Jamaican, is not only California’s first black senator but also considered California’s first Indian-American Senator, and the first biracial woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. The Democrat is only the second black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate and is California’s first new senator in 24 years.

A graduate of HBCU Howard University in Washington D.C., Kamala Harris receive her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She served 8 years as San Francisco’s District Attorney before winning the seat of Attorney General in 2010.

During her campaign for U.S. Senate, she was endorsed by President Obama, California retired Senator Barbara Boxer, several labor and civil rights organizations, and many celebrities such as TV writer Shonda Rhimes and musician John Legend.

The 115th U.S. Congress officially started their session today with the House and Senate both holding a Republican majority.

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