Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, making her the first Black woman and the first Asian American to join a major party presidential ticket.
Harris, 55, was seen as the frontrunner for the No. 2 spot for the last few months, especially in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25. She also became only the second Black woman ever elected to the Senate in 2016.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
He continued, “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”
Harris and Biden are set to appear together at an event in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday.
Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican American father and … — Gene Maddaus/@Variety