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KAMALA HARRIS: Born October 20, 1964, daughter of mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan (Asian Indian) a breast cancer specialist who emigrated from Madras, and father, Donald Harris (Jamaican American), Stanford University economics professor. Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D. C. where she received her graduate degree in law, and was later admitted to the California Bar in 1990. She served as a Deputy District Attorney in California from 1990 to 1998 and became Managing Attorney of the Career Criminal Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. In 2000, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco and again in 2007. On June 8, 2010, she received the Democratic nomination for California Attorney General. On January 3, 2011, Harris became the first African American/Asian American woman to become attorney general in California and the first Indian American attorney general in the United States.