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Kamala Harris becomes first ever Indian-American to win U.S. Senator seat

Nov 10, 2016 12:10 IST

California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris on 9 November 2016 became the first India-American to win the U.S. Senate seat from the state.

Harris defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez from her own party. She is the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades. She is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Harris will replace Barbara Boxer who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.

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About Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is an American lawyer, politician, and member of the Democratic Party.

She has been the 32nd and current Attorney General of California since 2011.

She graduated from Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

She worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, California, from 1990 to 1998.

From 1998 to 2000, she served as Managing Attorney of the Career Criminal Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division in the office of San Francisco City Attorney.

She was elected California's Attorney General in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.

She is the first female, the first African-American, the first Indian-American, and the first Asian-American attorney general in California.

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