Indian-American Kamala Harris wins US senate seat from California, creates history

Kamala Harris defeated Loretta Sanchez from her own party to become the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 9, 2016 7:38 pm
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Indian-American Kamala Harris won the US senate seat from California becoming the state’s first new US senator in 24 years. A member of the Democratic Party, she has been the Attorney General of California since 2011. She created history by becoming the first Indian American and a black politician to represent California in the Senate. She also became the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate.

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Harris defeated Loretta Sanchez from her own party to become the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades. Sanchez lost the run due to an underfunded campaign and missteps. Kamala Harris would replace Barbara Boxer who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.

Her mother Shyamala Gopalan came to the US from Chennai to study science. Her father Donald grew up in Jamaica, where he became a national scholar and earned the opportunity to study economics Kamala was born in Oakland, California.

With PTI inputs