Kamala Devi Harris*(/ˈkɑːmələ/;*born October 20, 1964) is an*American*attorney. She is the*32nd*and current*Attorney General*of*California*following the2010 California state elections.*Harris has worked as an author and a politician and served asDistrict Attorney*of*San Francisco*from 2004 to 2011. First elected in 2003, defeating incumbent district attorney*Terence Hallinan, she was re-elected in 2007. Harris is the first female*African-American*and*Asian American*attorney general in California.
Early life and education
Harris was born in*Oakland,*California. She is the daughter of an*Indian*mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan—a breast cancer specialist who emigrated fromChennai,*India, to the United States in 1960—and a*Jamaican American*father,*Stanford Universityeconomics professor Donald Harris.*She has one younger sister,*Maya, who is now married to*Tony West, the Acting*Associate Attorney General of the United States.*The Harris sisters grew up in a household that combined*Hindu*and*Baptistteachings.*They were raised in*Berkeley,*Oakland, and*Montreal, where their mother took a position doing research at the Jewish General Hospital and teaching at*McGill University.Harris attended*Howard University*in*Washington, D.C.,*where she was initiated into*Alpha Kappa Alpha*sorority, and received her*Juris Doctor*(J.D.) from*University of California, Hastings College of the Law*in 1989.*She was admitted to the California bar in 1990.
Obama Calls Harris 'Best Looking' AGArlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz)Apr 4, 2013, 5:10 PM
President Obama assessed the beauty of California's attorney general Kamala Harris, calling her "the best looking attorney general," during remarks at a fundraiser in Atherton, California."You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country - Kamala Harris is here.""It's true! C'mon," he said as the crowd laughed, according to a report provided by a print reporter at the home of John Goldman, an heir to the Levi-Strauss fortune."And she is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years. She's brilliant and she's dedicated," Obama said at a luncheon fundraiser benefiting the DNC.Harris has served as California's attorney general since 2011 and is a rising star for Democrats. She is often mentioned as a potential candidate for governor.The president came under some fire back in 2008 when he referred to a female reporter as "*sweetie" and told her to hold a question for a press availability.Here is an interview Harris did with ABC News and Yahoo! during last summer's Democratic National Convention:
Obama's event in California wrapped a two day, four fundraiser sweep through the Bay Area. Earlier Thursday he talked about the need for new gun control at the home of Liz Simons and Mark Heising, director of a San Francisco investment firm and a board member at the Environmental Defense FundRead about his comments on gun control and immigration by clicking*HERE*.