California Attorney General Kamala Harris is running for the open Senate seat in California vacated by the retirement of Democrat Barbara Boxer. If elected, she would be the second African-American woman in almost two decades, and the first South Asian American woman senator.
Background and Achievements
Coming from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Harris is the first African-American women in the history of California to serve as state attorney general and the first South Asian of Indian descent. As Attorney General, Harris has fought for reproductive rights, marriage equality, and the end of campus sexual assault. She also defended homeowners, winning back $20 billion from the country’s banks after the mortgage crisis. Her Homeowner Bill of Rights is one of the most comprehensive and toughest foreclosure reforms in the country and protects hard-working, middle-class families.
Before she was Attorney General, Harris was the San Francisco District Attorney where she created new initiatives focused on child assault prevention, environmental crimes, LGBTQ rights, and ending gun violence. She also created outreach programs and brought free legal clinics to immigrant neighborhoods. She has won numerous awards for her work and was voted one of the top 100 lawyers in California and one of America’s 20 most powerful women. She received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the National Black Prosecutors Association and was recognized as a “Woman of Power” by the National Urban League.
Positions on Key Issues
- Supports access to abortion and reproductive rights
- Advocates for pay equity
- Fights to end campus sexual assaults
- Fights to end discrimination against LGBTQ communities
- Supports strengthening the Voting Rights Act
- Strongly supports for criminal justice reform
- Supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship and the DREAM Act
- Argues in favor of education equity
Prospects & Opponents
Harris, a strong feminist and advocate for civil rights, is currently the favored candidate to win the race. As a result of California’s Top-Two system, two Democratic women of color will be running in the general election. California has been a traditionally Democratic state and Democrats currently control all statewide offices, the state Senate, and the State Assembly.
- Feminist Majority
- EMILY’s List
- National Organization for Women
- Democracy for America
- NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Humane Society Legislative Fund
- 18 Labor Unions