Kamala Harris is the 49th Vice President of the United States.

This American politician was chosen by Democrat candidate Joe Biden as his running mate during the presidential election.

Together, they were elected on 14 December 2020.

In the US, the vice president ranks 2nd after the president and replaces the president if the president dies, quits or can no longer act as President.

The vice president is also president of the Senate where laws are voted.

Why is Kamala Harris’s election so important?

It’s an historic moment because it’s the first time a woman has been elected vice president of the USA.

And also the first time a person of color has reached this office.

Kamala is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother and defines herself as a black woman.

In the past, she was also the first black woman to be elected District Attorney of San Francisco.

She went on to become Attorney General of the state of California.

Kamala likes to quote her mother who said to her: “You may be the first to do many things; make sure you’re not the last.”

That’s why, as vice president, it’s especially important for her to support the rights of women and minorities.