|United States Senator
January 3, 2017
Serving with Dianne Feinstein
|Preceded by||Barbara Boxer|
|Attorney General of California|
January 3, 2011 â€“ January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Jerry Brown|
|Succeeded by||Kathleen Kenealy (Acting)|
|District Attorney of San Francisco|
January 8, 2004 â€“ January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Terence Hallinan|
|Succeeded by||George GascÃ³n|
|Born||Kamala Devi Harris
October 20, 1964
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Douglas Emhoff (m. 2014)|
|Education||Howard University (BA)
University of California, Hastings (JD)
I have loved to cook since I was a child in my mother's kitchen. If I don't have time to cook, I'll just read a cookbook.
My parents met when they were graduate students at UC Berkeley in the 1960s. They were both active in the civil-rights movement.
In California, we have some of the strongest consumer protection laws in the country. While it is easy to conceive of innovation and regulation as mutually exclusive, California is proof that we can do both. We can innovate responsibly.
I want to use my position of leadership to help move along at a faster pace what I believe and know the Obama administration wants to do around the urgency of climate change.
Generally speaking, the public appetite for criminal justice policy is just tough talk.
I think Hillary Clinton could do whatever she puts her mind to. I really do. She's incredibly dedicated to public service, she is smart as a whip, and she's effective.
To change criminal justice policy in any meaningful way means to propose changing a very longstanding system. It's not realistic to think you can do it overnight.
Every day there are homeowners in California who will either receive relief so they can stay in their home, or will be in the foreclosure process and potentially lose their home. And that always weighed heavily on my mind.
What we know is smartphones are everywhere and they are rich in data. What we know is that there are apps once downloaded by the consumer that will also in turn download the consumers' contact book. Most consumers don't want that to happen and don't know it's happening.
We don't want to promote any system that treats the fact that an individual is LGBT as a personality disorder. And anything that perpetuates that perception is harmful – not only to that member of the community but the entire community.
I convened the first-ever national training conference for prosecutors on how to promote and deal with hate crime issues in terms of prosecutions and also protocol for defeating the gay panic defense.
I've had the good fortune and blessing to run for the offices for which I really wanted to do the work.
What we all want is public safety. We don't want rhetoric that's framed through ideology.
My mother had a saying: 'Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you're not the last.'
I remember when my mother, Shyamala Harris, bought our first home. I was thirteen. She was so proud, and my sister and I were so excited. Millions of Americans know that feeling of walking through the front door of their own home for the first time – the feeling of reaching for opportunity and finding it.
We're talking about in the Proposition 8 case fundamental rights, civil rights. I offer no apology for the position I took in Prop. 8.
I believe in that old adage that 'as goes California, so goes the country.'
What's important for my daughter to know is that… if you are fortunate to have opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well.
We don't have to guess what Mitt Romney would have done if he were president. Because he told us. He said we should let foreclosures – and I quote – 'hit the bottom' so the market could – I quote – 'run its course.'
I'll be judged on the body of work and not the popularity of any one decision.
I always start my campaigns early, and I run hard. Maybe it comes from the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco politics, where it's not even a contact sport – it's a blood sport. This is how I am as a candidate. This is how I run campaigns.
I'm a career prosecutor. I have been trained, and my experience over decades, is to make decisions after a review of the evidence and the facts. And not to jump up with grand gestures before I've done that. Some might interpret that as being cautious. I would tell you that's just responsible.
You have to see and smell and feel the circumstances of people to really understand them.
Everybody will make mistakes, and for some that mistake will rise to the level of being a crime.
With the advent of DNA, we know that people have been convicted and sentenced to death who later proved not to be guilty of the crime.
People who work for me know that family comes first. And I'm fortunate to have a family that is very supportive of the work I do, so I don't have to live two separate lives.
Doing nothing while the middle class is hurting. That's not leadership. Loose regulations and lax enforcement. That's not leadership. That's abandoning our middle class.
These days, children can text on their cell phone all night long, and no one else is seeing that phone. You don't know who is calling that child.
So many people trip in front of them because they're looking over there or up ahead.
Mitt Romney subscribes to the cynical logic that says the American dream belongs to some of us but not all of us.
To be smart on crime, we should not be in a position of constantly reacting to crime after it happens. We should be looking at preventing crime before it happens.
The bells will ring and the marriages will begin. And it's a great day in our state for equal protection under the law for all people.
I strongly believe that for serious and violent criminals, we must absolutely hold them accountable for their crimes and send them to prison.
We need to incorporate that age-old concept of redemption into the work that we do in the criminal justice system in California.
'Getting smart on crime' does not mean reducing sentences or punishments for crimes.
Running for office is similar to being a trial lawyer in a very long trial. It requires adrenaline and stamina; it requires being in shape mentally and emotionally. It's a marathon.