Kamala Harris, who was elected as the vice president of Democrat candidate Joe Biden in the 59th presidential election held in the USA, took an oath in the Congress building in the capital Washington, under heavy security measures.
Harris, who was elected vice president under Biden’s nomination in the presidential election held on 3 November 2020, became the first female vice president of the United States.
56-year-old Harris made history as the first black woman of Indian and Caribbean descent in the country to be elected to this office.
After the ceremony, Biden and Harris will move to the other wing of the Congress building to greet the soldiers traditionally and lay a wreath at the Unknown Soldier Monument at Arlington National Cemetery. Later, the two will go to the White House and start their first shifts.
Harris was born in Oakland, California in 1964, to a biologist mother who came to the USA from India as a student and to a black economics professor who came to the USA as a student from Jamaica. She studied law and served as a prosecutor in San Francisco for many years.
Harris took her first step into politics in 2010 and ran for California Attorney General, becoming the first black and first woman to be elected in state history. Harris, who was re-elected to the second term state attorney general in 2014, received the title of the first South Asian and second black senator from California to enter Congress in the presidential elections held in 2016, four years later.