Published January 21, 2019
US Senator Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president , joining an already – crowded field of Democrats who are making or considering bids to take on Donald Trump .
“ The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That’ s why I ’m running for president of the United States , ” the senator representing California said in a video posted on Twitter .
After two terms as district attorney of San Francisco ( 2004 – 2011 ), she was twice elected as attorney general of California (2011 – 2017 ) , becoming not only the first woman but the first black person to serve as chief law enforcement officer of that populous state.
Then in January 2017 , she took the oath of office as California ’s junior US senator , making her the first woman of South Asian descent (her mother is a Tamil Indian ) and only the second black woman senator in American history , after Carol Moseley Braun .
Her focused and often tough – sounding lines of questioning during closely watched Senate hearings reflect her past as a prosecutor.
Harris often proudly recalls that as a prosecutor she fought big banks during the 2008 financial crisis to defend families .
She casts herself as a champion of middle -class families “ living paycheck to paycheck ” and denounces police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men.
Nearly 22 months before the 2020 election, the battle for the White House is already firming up , as Americans begin to assess who might be the opposition party nominee to challenge Trump for control of the White House.