In 2017, Kamala was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African American woman and first South Asian American senator in history. She has been a key voice in the fight to hold the Trump administration accountable, asking the tough questions on behalf of the American people and taking on the administration's cruel policies.
She has introduced or co-sponsored legislation to provide tax cuts for the middle class, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, make higher education tuition-free for the vast majority of Americans, reform the cash bail system, protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants, and expand access to affordable, quality health care.
As California’s Attorney General, Kamala achieved landmark results for middle-class Californians, winning $20 billion for homeowners who were facing foreclosure and passed one of the nation’s strongest anti-foreclosure laws. She fought for marriage equality nationwide, leading the team that helped bring down California’s Proposition 8. Throughout her career, Kamala has been a leading advocate for innovation and reform in the criminal justice system, creating a first-in-the-nation re-entry initiative which connected first-time felons with job training and apprenticeships.
Kamala knows this election is about American families and what wakes them up in the middle of the night which is why she’s proposed a 3 AM Agenda with solutions that will have a direct and immediate effect on people’s lives, paychecks, and health care. She has proposals that include giving working families a tax credit of up to $6,000 per year, closing the teacher pay and gender wage gaps, and taking executive action to end the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
Kamala is a graduate of Howard University. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is married to Doug Emhoff and “Momala” to Ella and Cole Emhoff.