Kamala Harris is the barrier-breaking former prosecutor and now vice president elect is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India and is the first Black woman and the first Asian American.
A vocal Trump critic, Harris was both the first woman and the first person of colour to hold the position of district attorney in California where she fought for and protected gay rights, as well as increasing law enforcement transparency and public access to information about in-custody deaths. Barack Obama, who in 2008 enlisted Biden as his vice-president, has given her his glowing endorsement in an Instagram post shared on 11 August. "She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake," he wrote. "Her own life story is one that I and so many others can see ourselves in: a story that says that no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you worship, or who you love, there’s
a place for you here."
Here, we round up some of her most impactful, thought-provoking and galvanising quotes.
On preventing crime:
"To be smart on crime, we should not be in a position of constantly reacting to crime after it happens. We should be looking at preventing crime before it happens." - Smart On Crime, 2009