Then in January 2017, she took the oath of office as California's junior USA senator, making her the first woman of South Asian descent (her mother is a Tamil Indian) and only the second black woman senator in American history, after Carol Moseley Braun.
Harris is the fifth Democrat to enter the presidential run.
'I'm running for president of the United States. "I'm running to lift those voices".
Harris has done little to hide her presidential ambitions.
Last week, a widely-circulated New York Times op-ed written by Lara Bazelon, a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, argued that Harris can not be considered a "progressive prosecutor" given her record as attorney general in California.
Harris, 54, joins a string of Democrats who have already announced, including Sen. "Having said that, being best on paper is often not worth the cost of the paper". Harris said that she will not accept money from corporate PACs.
By the time she was enrolled at Westmount, Harris had mostly adjusted to her life in Quebec, recalling fondly how her by-then divorced parents both attended her graduation, her mother resplendent in a bright red dress and heels.
As a California district attorney and later as the state's attorney general, Harris frequently opposed or ignored criminal justice reform measures aimed at levelling a playing field critics say is unfairly tilted against black defendants, the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent wrote last week in the New York Times. In a combative exchange with the former attorney general Jeff Sessions, he said her rushed questions were making him "nervous". The Vermont senator won over liberals who oppose free-trade deals, favor a larger safety net, and want to crack down on Wall Street. Harris said. "Yes, I do".
Harris' rich mixture of heritage has led some supporters to refer to her as "the female Barack Obama".
In the first 30 minutes after her announcement, Harris received individual online contributions from all 50 states, spokesman Ian Sams said on Twitter.
Ms Harris often proudly recalls that as a prosecutor she fought big banks during the 2008 financial crisis.
What are Harris' chances against Trump?
She's highlighted racial disparities between whites and blacks on maternal mortality and criminal sentencing. "You will serve your six years?" she was asked in October, the New York Postreports. "Her name ID is not very high", Sanders said.
The challenging task for Harris after those early state hurdles would be to try to fend off her challengers and consolidate the African-American vote.
The 2016 presidential election came down to about 80,000 votes in three states - Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and MI. Day, and her campaign logo was inspired by Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president almost five decades ago.
But her experience as a prosecutor could help set her apart from other candidates and provide a clear contrast with President Trump, whose administration is at the center of multiple investigations.
"I think because it's the year of the woman, she'll have the ability to lean into that". She argued it was a "false choice" to decide between supporting the police and advocating for greater scrutiny of law enforcement.
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