In photos: The rise of Kamala Harris, our country’s first woman of color to serve as vice president

Then-Sen. Kamala Harris takes a question during a town hall meeting at Canyon Springs High School on March 1, 2019 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Then-Sen. Kamala Harris takes a question during a town hall meeting at Canyon Springs High School on March 1, 2019 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)

Vice President Kamala Harris has had quite the rise over the past decade or so: From San Francisco’s district attorney and California’s attorney general, to the Golden State’s senator and now our second in command, right behind President Joe Biden.

Harris is 56 years old.

Not only is she the United States’ first female vice president, but she’s the first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent, to serve as VP.

In fact, when Latinx Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor swore her in, Harris’ hand rested on the Bible that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice.

(It’s worth mentioning: Sotomayor pronounced Kamala’s name incorrectly at the inauguration. So if you’re chatting with your friends about Harris this weekend, just note that “Kamala” should be like “comma-la”).

We thought we’d take a look through the Getty Images library for old photos of Harris, to see just how far she’s come in her career.

In this 2006 photo, then-Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris, who at the time was the San Francisco District Attorney, pose for a photo. (WireImage for Conde Nast media group)
Then-San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris speaks to supporters before a "No on K" news conference Oct. 29, 2008 in San Francisco. The ballot measure Proposition K seeks to stop enforcing laws against prostitution. (Getty Images)

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