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Kamala Harris To Be First Black Woman Senator since 1999

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kamala-harrisBy Tamala Perkins

Since 1999 a Black woman has not held a senate seat and California Attorney General Kamala Harris may put at end to that. Harris is the first woman and the first minority to ever be California’s Attorney General. Now she is expected to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer.

According to an adviser, Harris will make her announcement on Tuesday morning. The adviser spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Before becoming Attorney General, Harris was a two-term San Francisco district attorney. She drew a lot of attention and caused some controversy when she was involved in the negotiation of a settlement with major mortgage lenders and secured extra funding for California. It has been expected that she was eventually going to run for governor or seek a seat on the senate.

The news of the 50 year old’s intentions came not long after it was revealed that California Lt. Gov., Gavin Newsom, said he would not run for the open seat created by Boxer’s 2016 retirement. Boxer has held the seat for over 20 years and it is expected that Democrats will hold on to the seat.

Harris may be facing some strong opponents if Tom Steyer, a retired San Francisco hedge fund billionaire and ex Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also make bids for the seat.

Harris was elected as California;s attorney general in 2010 making history as both the first woman and the first minority to be elected into the office. The 50 year old’s parents are an Indian woman and a Black man.

In April 2013, President Obama caused a stir when he made a comment about how attractive the Attorney General was, during a Democratic National Committee fundraising lunch.

He said,

“She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough. She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general … It’s true! C’mon.”

Because of the amount of outrage expressed by many people, the president went on to apologize and the attorney general graciously accepted the apology and remarked that she was a friend of the President and they had been friends for many years.

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