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Indian-American Kamala Harris creates history, wins US Senate seat

PTI New York | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on November 09, 2016

Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin US Senato

California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris today scripted history as she won the US Senate seat from the state, becoming the first Indian-American to achieve the feat.

Harris, 51, who defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate. US President Barack Obama was the fifth black elected Senator.

She is the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades.

Her mother Shyamala Gopalan came to the US from Chennai to study science, specifically endocrinology and complex mechanisms of cancer.

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.

A two-term Attorney General of California, Harris defeated L Sancez from her own party.

She would replace Barbara Boxer, who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.

Published on November 09, 2016
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