Kamala Devi Harris

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Kamala Devi Harris Courtney Hunt ENC Kamala Devi Harris, 49, born October 20, 1964, is an American attorney. She is the 32nd and current Attorney General of California following the 2010 California state elections. Harris has worked as an author and a politician and served as District Attorney of Sac Francisco from 2004 to 2011. First elected in 2003, defeating incumbent district attorney Terence Hallinan, she was re-elected in 2007. Harris is the first female and Asian American attorney general in California. In 1998, she was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 20 young lawyers in the State of California. Kamala Harris has an interesting life with many accomplishments, as Deputy District Attorney in Alameba County from 1990 to 1998, she prosecuted hundreds of serious and violent felonies, including homicide, rape, and child sexual cases. Kamala Devi Harris is one of two daughters of Shyamala Gopalan, an immigrant from India, and Donald Harris, a Jamaican American. Kamala, which means "lotus flower" in the sacred Indian language of Sanskrit, spent her early years in nearby Berkeley, where her parents attended college and worked in the civil rights movement. Gopalan would become a nationally respected doctor, specializing in breast cancer research, and Donald Harris would teach economics at Stanford University. When she was seven, her parents divorced, young Kamala and her sister Maya Lakshmi were then raised by their mother. Though Harris would most often be identified as African American, she also highly valued her Indian heritage, especially the tradition of strong, courageous women she saw personified in her feminist mother and in her grandmother, who she saw on family visits to the Indian city of Chennai. Gopalan's family was Brahmin, India's highest social class, with a tradition of higher education and service to the
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