Kamala Harris Makes History With Tie Breaking Votes In Senate

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris makes history by making a record of tie breaking votes and backed the nomination of Indian origin Kalpana Kotagal to be a member of a Federal agency who made history as the first woman or person of color in 2020 . On Wednesday Kamala Harris 58 , cast her vote on cloture for the nomination of Kotagal , a diversity , equity, and inclusion expert to serve as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or genetic information .

Kamala Harris Broke a 50-50 tie on a vote in the Senate on the nomination of Kotagal , to bring her total of tie breaking votes cast as vice president . In the current 118th Congress , Democrats hold 51 seats and Republican have 49 seats .

Vice President Kamala Harris has provided the decisive vote on some of the most historic bills of modern times from the American Rescue Plan to the Inflation Reduction Act to so many federal judges who now preside and provide balance on the Federal bench .

About Kamala Harris:

Kamala Devi Harris was born on 20, 1964 . She is an American politician and attorney who is the 49th and current vice president of United States . She is the first female vice president and the highest ranking female official in U.S. history as well as the first African – American and first Asian American vice president . A member of the Democratic Party . She previously served as the attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017 and as a U.S. senator representing California from 2017 to 2021.

She was born in Oakland , California . She graduated from Howard University and the University of California , Hastings College of the Law . She began her career in the office of the district attorney of Alameda County before being recruited to the San Francisco Office . In 2003 she was elected DA of San Francisco . She defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 senate election to become the second African – American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the U.S. senate . As a senator she also advocated for healthcare reform.

Harris sought the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination but withdrew from the race prior to the primaries . In 2020 election Harris and Biden were inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

Early Career:

In 1990 Harris was hired as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County , California where she was described as an able prosecutor on the way up . In February 1998 San Francisco district attorney Terence Hallinan recruited Harris as assistant district attorney . There she became the chief of the Career Criminal Division supervising five other attorneys where she prosecuted homicide, burglary, robbery, and sexual assault cases particularly three strike cases .In August 2000 Harris took a job at San Francisco City Hall working for city attorney Louise Renne . Harris also ran the Family and Children’s Services Division representing child abuse and neglect cases .

District Attorney Of San Francisco

In 2002 Harris prepared to run for District Attorney of San Francisco against Hallinan . Harris was the least known of the three candidates . but persuaded the central committee to withhold the endorsement from Hallinan . In the runoff Harris pledged never to seek the death penalty and to prosecute three strike offenders only in case of violent felonies. Harris ran a forceful campaign .

Attorney General Of California :

Nearly two years before the 2010 election . Harris announced she planned to run . She also stated she would run only if then Attorney General Jerry Brown did not seek re-election for that position . Brown instead chose to run for governor and Harris consolidated support from prominent California Democrats . In the general election she faced Republican Los Angeles County district attorney Steve Cooley who led most of the race Cooley ran as a nonpartisan . Harris was sworn in on January 3 , 2011 she was the first woman the first African- American and the first South Asian American to hold the office of Attorney General in the States history .

Vice – Presidency :

Following the election of Joe Biden as U.S. president in the 2020 election , Harris assumed office as Vice President of the United States on January 20 , 2021 . She is the first United States first female vice president , the highest ranking female elected official in U.S. history and the first African – American and the first Asian American vice president . Harris resigned her senate seat on January 18, 2021 two days before her swearing in as vice president . Upon taking office on January 20, 2021 the 117th congress senate was divided 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats . In February and March Harris’s tie breaking votes were crucial in passing the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 . On August 11 , 2020 Joe Biden announced that he had chosen Kamala Harris as the Vice president . Harris term in office has seen high staff turnovers that included the departures of her chief of staff , deputy chief of staff , press secretary , communications director , and chief speechwriter

Awards And Honors:

  • Thurgood Marshall Award
  • Time 100 list
  • Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world
  • Bipartisan Justice Award
  • Time Person of the Year
  • For the Inaugural 2021 Forbes 50 over 50

Publications:

Kamala Harris has written two non- fiction books and one children book:

Harris , Kamala, O’C Hamilton , Joan (2009): Smart on Crime : A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer .

Harris , Kamala (2019) : Superheroes Are Everywhere London : Penguin Young Readers Group

Harris , Kamala (2019) : The Truths We Hold An American Journey . London: Penguin

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