Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General since 2011 has announced that she will be running for the U.S. Senate seat that will become vacant upon Barbara Boxer’s retirement. The 74 year old Boxer recently announced she will not be seeking reelection in 2016.
Kamala Harris has spent her professional career in Northern California, serving as Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County specializing in prosecuting child sexual assault cases and as District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.
She received the endorsements of both Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein while running for California Attorney General.
During her time as Attorney General, Harris was criticized for her office’s attempt to keep a man (Daniel Larsen) in prison for a crime he did not commit, based on a technicality. Larsen’s conviction was overturned by a Federal Judge and his constitutional rights we deemed violated.
Kamala Harris is considered as a supporter of stringent gun control, opposition to the death penalty and has argued for criminalizing parents of habitually truant children. She is also known to take aim at predatory lending, high tuition costs and is considered an advocate of environmental law.
Media reports have mentioned Harris as a possible Supreme Court appointment by the Obama administration.