New York, November 09, 2016: Kamala Harris who is California’s Attorney General, on Wednesday made history as she won the US Senate seat from the state. This makes her the first Indian-American to reach the feat.
Apart from that, 51-year-old Harris, who defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate. US President Barack Obama was the fifth black elected Senator.
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Kamala was born in Oakland, California. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan came from Chennai to United States, to study science, specifically endocrinology and complex mechanisms of cancer, mentioned PTI.
Harris’ father Donald grew up in Jamaica, where he became a national scholar and earned the opportunity to study economics.
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A two-term Attorney General of California, Harris defeated L Sancez from her own party.
She would replace Barbara Boxer who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.
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“Kamala will take the oath of office as California’s next Senator on January 3, 2017,” said the office of the Senate elect, mentioned PTI.
Described by former US President Obama as “fearless”, Harris may push for strong India-US ties. Considered to be protege of Barack Obama, she is expected to be a fierce advocate of India and US relationship.
A US Senator from Florida has claimed there was an intrusion into Florida’s elections systems by hackers in 2016.
According to a report in The New York Times late Friday, Senator Marco Rubio claimed that “Russian hackers not only accessed a Florida voting system, but were ‘in a position’ to change voter roll data”.
Rubio said he was constrained by his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the redacted version of the Mueller Report released on April 18 stated that the FBI believes “at least one Florida county” was infiltrated with malicious software by Russian intelligence agents.
Rubio’s statement contradicts the Florida Secretary of State’s office which maintained last week that its elections systems weren’t hacked.
The Florida Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee said it had been unable to learn which county it was.