Kamala Harris took oath as the 49th Vice President of the United States of America respectively at the 59th Presidential inauguration ceremony.
She has made history as the first female, first black, and first Asian-American US vice-president.
Ms. Harris paid tribute to the women who she says came before her, before taking the oath at the US Capitol.
“I stand on their shoulders,” she said in a video.
In her first tweet from the US Vice President’s official account, @VP, Kamala Harris tweeted, “Ready to serve.”
Who is Kamala Harris?
Ms Harris, 56, was born in Oakland, California, to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.
She attended Howard University, one of the nation’s preeminent historically black colleges and universities. She has described her time there as among the most formative experiences of her life.
Ms. Harris earn her law degree at the University of California, Hastings, after four years at Howard and began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
Before being elected the first female and the first African American to serve as California’s attorney general(top lawyer and law enforcement official in America’s most populous state), she became the district attorney – the top prosecutor – for San Francisco in 2003.
At the beginning of 2019, she announced her campaign for president to a crowd of more than 20,000 in Oakland.
However, in crucial policy areas such as healthcare, Ms. Harris struggled to articulate a clear rationale for her campaign and provided muddled answers to questions.
She dropped out of the presidential race in December 2019. In August, Mr. Biden chose her as his number two, calling her ‘one of the finest public servants in the world.’
After Mr. Biden was announced as the next president in November, Ms. Harris tweeted a video of her congratulating her running mate.
“We did it, we did it Joe. You’re going to be the next president of the United States!”.