08 November 2020 04:30
Kamala Harris has made history as the first black woman elected as vice president of the United States, celebrating the monumental milestone with a hug from her husband and a phone call from President-elect Joe Biden. The 56-year-old California senator, also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, posted video of her celebratory phone call with Biden on Twitter Saturday. The moment Kamala Harris congratulated Joe Biden on becoming President-elect Harris' husband Doug Emhoff, an attorney who will also make history as the nation's first Second Gentleman, posted a photo of the couple hugging, tweeting: 'So proud of you' Emhoff took a leave of absence from DLA Piper, where he is a partner, following the announcement that Harris would join Biden on the Democratic presidential ticket. As the highest-ranking woman ever elected in American government, Harris' victory gives hope to women who were devastated by Hillary Clinton's defeat four years ago. Harris has been a rising star in Democratic politics for much of the last two decades, serving as San Francisco's district attorney and California's attorney general before becoming a U.S. senator.
After Harris ended her own 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, Joe Biden tapped her as his running mate. Kamala is Sanskrit for 'lotus flower,' and Harris gave nods to her Indian heritage throughout the campaign, including with a callout to her 'chitthis,' a Tamil word for a maternal aunt, in her first speech as Biden's running mate. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are seen earlier this month Jessica Byrd, who leads the Movement for Black Lives´ Electoral Justice Project and The Frontline, a multiracial coalition effort to galvanize voters, said she plans to engage in the rigorous organizing work needed to push Harris and Biden toward more progressive policies. Harris is the second black woman elected to the Senate. Her colleague, Senator Cory Booker, who is also black, said her very presence makes the institution 'more accessible to more people' and suggested she would accomplish the same with the vice presidency.
Biden then picked Kamala as his running mate in the 2020 US election, making her the vice president elect. Kamala Harris was the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate (Picture: Brian Cahn/ZUMA Wire/REX) She was a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, introduced a climate equity bill that seeks to rate how environmental laws affect lower-income communities, and has outlined a climate plan for net-zero emissions by 2045 Gun control – Harris supports more regulation of gun manufacturers, mandatory background checks, tightening loopholes and a ban on assault weapons – Harris supports more regulation of gun manufacturers, mandatory background checks, tightening loopholes and a ban on assault weapons Women's rights – Harris is pro-choice, she wants to close the gender pay gap in large companies, and has also proposed providing all workers with six months paid family leave for personal or medical issues, including those related to domestic violence – Harris is pro-choice, she wants to close the gender pay gap in large companies, and has also proposed providing all workers with six months paid family leave for personal or medical issues, including those related to domestic violence Immigration – Harris has pledged pledged to offer a path to citizenship to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US. Kamala Harris is married to Douglas Emhoff, an American lawyer and one-time partner-in-charge at Venable LLP's Los Angeles office. - Biden promises to make sure corporations and the very wealthy pay 'their fair share', and that he 'won't ask a single person making under $400,000 per year to pay a penny more in taxes' Crime and policing - Biden wants to ban the use of chokeholds and carotid holds when detaining suspects, and reform 'no-knock warrants' He has promised to widen the availability of free coronavirus testing, to pump funding into a better Test and Trace system, and provide emergency paid leave for all those affected by the outbreak You can read more about Joe Biden's plans and policies on his website. SAN FRANCISCO (CNN/CBS) — Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be the first male spouse of a vice president come January.
CNN, the Associated Press, CBS News and most other major media organizations projected Saturday that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, making Harris the next vice president. Harris, a Democratic senator from California, will make history as the first woman, the first Black person and the first person of Southeast Asian heritage to assume the office. Emhoff, a successful entertainment lawyer, was a mostly quiet and supportive presence on the campaign trail when Harris was running for president during the Democratic primary. Harris and Emhoff met after they were set up on a blind date in 2013 by Harris' best friend when Harris was California's attorney general. WASHINGTON, United States – When Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and first Black US vice president, her husband Doug Emhoff will break his own new ground: as the original "second husband."