In mist of the controversial presidential election of Donald Trump, came a glimpse of hope. California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris made history Tuesday night, becoming the second black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
She dominated the election by defeating Rep. Loretta Sanchez among all major age groups, education levels and ethnicities. Harris will be replacing Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer who intends to retire 23 years as a California senator.
While 20 African-American women currently serve in the House of Representatives, there hasn’t been a black female senator since Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois who served one term from 1993 to 1999.
Her background and personable approach to politics exhibit what the Democratic Party should aim for.
She has spent years as a prosecutor and was elected twice as San Francisco’s district attorney before she won the California attorney general race in 2010.
The Howard University graduate’s platforms included such issues as criminal justice and immigration reform, creating good-paying jobs, equal pay policies, college affordability and universal pre-kindergarten for children.
“Our ideals are at stake right now, and we all have to fight for who we are,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I believe this is that moment in time for our country, where we are collectively being required to look in the mirror, and with furrowed brow, we are asking a question: Who are we? In California, I believe the answer is a good one: We are a great country.”