Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.

Harris, 55, will be the first Black and South Asian woman on a major-party presidential ticket and, if elected, would be the first woman to serve as vice president.

Harris is a graduate of Howard University and University of California's law school. She served as attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017, when she took office as California's third-ever female U.S. senator. Her campaign for president ended unsuccessfully this past December.

Biden's choice for vice president has been a topic of intense speculation. The 77-year-old former vice president pledged to select a woman, but was reported to have a number of candidates under consideration, including Elizabeth Warren and Susan Rice.

Tim Stuhldreher