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Joe Biden's Inauguration As 46th President Of The U.S. Is Celebrated With Parade In Washington, D.C.

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We are watching history.

On Wednesday (Jan. 20), President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office. And while the celebrations during the inauguration were scaled back considerably when compared to the pomp and circumstance of previous years, it was still a grand event that meant a lot to many. Countless Americans are glad to see these two take leadership, and for more reasons than the obvious, one being that we just couldn’t deal with another day of Trump.

But one of the other big reasons this is such a joyous occasion is because Harris becomes the first woman, Black person, South Asian-American, and Caribbean-American to be vice president. She begins a journey that is sure to inspire so many, especially Black girls and women of all backgrounds. But it’s already been quite the journey to get to this landmark moment. We decided to go through the galleries and pull together images of Harris on the road to the White House, dating back to her years as an attorney. Hit the flip to take a walk down memory lane, before Kamala was Vice President Harris.

Alameda County deputy district attorney Kamala Harris...

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One of the first very public images of Harris is from her years as the deputy district attorney in Alameda County, Calif. This particular image, a very regal one, was taken outside of the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland back in 1997. She was the chief of the Career Criminal Division, prosecuting cases involving homicide, robbery, sexual assault cases, and three-strike cases.

OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Alameda County deputy district attorney Kamala Harris at the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California on March 28, 1997. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

Kamala Harris San Francisco

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This image, taken in 2004, shows a pensive Harris during an interview in 2004. By that time, she’d moved on from being deputy district attorney to working as the San Francisco District Attorney.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 12: San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris during an interview with Oakland Tribune reporter Josh Richman at her office at the San Francisco Hall of Justice on May 12, 2004. Harris is under fire for sticking to her campaign promise to never seek the death penalty, even in the case of the man charged with killing an SF Police officer. (Photo by Sean Connelley/MediaNews Group/Oakland Tribune via Getty Images)

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brown Makes Final Push Through State

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In an image from 2010, Harris can be seen at a campaign rally. At that time, she was running for California attorney general. She would go on to be elected, beating LA County district attorney Steve Cooley. She was the first woman, first Black individual, and first South Asian American in that position, too.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: San Francisco district attorney and democratic candidate for California attorney general Kamala Harris arrives at a campaign rally with California Attorney General and democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown at the Los Angeles public library on November 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. With one day to go until election day, Jerry Brown is wrapping up his three day campaign trip throughout California in hopes of defeating his republican challenger and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC

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Following being elected as California Attorney General, Harris’s star began to rise. She is photographed at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Her work as the Attorney General involved LGBTQ rights, public safety, consumer protection, and most notably criminal justice reform. After being elected in 2010, she was re-elected in 2014. In regards to controversial decisions made in the position, Harris stood by her work in 2019.

“As the elected attorney general of California, I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people, which became a national model for the work that needs to be done. And I am proud of that work,” she said.

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Harry E. Walker/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Kamala Harris Elected US Senator In California

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That star power and influence in the state of California helped Harris win a seat in the Senate in 2016. She took over former Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat, beating fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez and getting endorsements from President Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden. She resigned from her seat on Monday.

“Thank you California — it has been an honor serving as your senator for the past four years. Our country has faced many challenges, but I remain certain that our best days are ahead. I promise to keep standing up for our shared values as your Vice President,” she said in a tweet this week.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 8: Kamala Harris celebrates winning her Senate race at her rally in downtown on November 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Senate Swear Ins

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When Harris was sworn into the Senate, it was then-Vice President Biden, her future running mate for the White House, who administered the oath. She was sworn in using the same bible that she had with her during the inauguration, which was a bible from her aunt, Regina Shelton. It was held by her husband, Douglas Emhoff. She was all smiles.

UNITED STATES – JANUARY 03: Vice President Joe Biden administers an oath to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol’s Old Senate Chamber, January 03, 2017. Her husband Douglas Emhoff holds the bible. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies

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In the Senate, Harris was known for taking her cross-examination skills as a lawyer and using them to question those who had to come before the Senate for hearings for one reason or another. Some of her most notable performances include her questioning of Rod Rosenstein, John McCain, Richard Burr, Jeff Sessions, and James Comey. She never held back.

UNITED STATES – JUNE 8: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions former FBI Director James Comey during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections” on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Takes Campaign Bus Trip Across Iowa

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In January 2019, Harris joined a crowded field of candidates attempting to run for the Democratic nomination for president. She tied Bernie Sanders for raising the most donations within 24 hours after announcing her candidacy. She kept those she ran against on their toes, including Biden, whom she notably called out for standing by senators who were opposed to integration efforts in the ’70s that impacted people like her. But after other debates, scrutiny over her record as attorney general in California, and a decrease in money, her poll numbers dipped and she withdrew her campaign in December of 2019.

SIOUX CITY, IOWA – AUGUST 08: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA) walks by her campaign bus as she tours Morningside College on August 08, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa. Kamala Harris kicked off her five day river-to-river bus tour across Iowa promoting her “3AM Agenda” to Iowans. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)



Despite them bumping heads on the campaign trail, after endorsing Joe Biden for president in March of last year, he chose her for his vice-presidential candidate in August. She beat out some formidable figures, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

She was the first Black woman and Indian American to be a vice-presidential nominee, but she was the third woman at that point.

SIOUX CITY, IOWA – AUGUST 08: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA) walks by her campaign bus as she tours Morningside College on August 08, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa. Kamala Harris kicked off her five day river-to-river bus tour across Iowa promoting her “3AM Agenda” to Iowans. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

President-Elect Joe Biden And Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Address The Nation After Election Win

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After the counting of many a ballot, the Biden-Harris ticket proved to be victorious in the 2020 presidential election. In her victory speech, decked in all white, Harris made sure to put the spotlight on Black women who are “too often overlooked, but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy.”

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she added of the historic moment. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – NOVEMBER 07: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks on stage at the Chase Center before President-elect Joe Biden’s address to the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. After four days of counting the high volume of mail-in ballots in key battleground states due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race was called for Biden after a contentious election battle against incumbent Republican President Donald Trump. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)


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And while Black women couldn’t wait for Wednesday’s inauguration, there were many other Harris supporters of all backgrounds who were glad to see history be made. In this image, residents of Harris’s ancestral village in India, Thulasendrapuram, came together to watch one of their own become the vice president of the United States.

Residents hold placards as they gather to watch US Democratic Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, inaugural ceremony at her ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP) (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)


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But no one was more excited to see Harris be sworn into office than Harris herself. Check out that smile! She was sworn in with the help of another woman who has made history, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She took the oath alongside husband Doug Emhoff once again, and as noted, with aunt Regina Shelton’s bible there to place her hand on.

TOPSHOT – Kamala Harris (L), with her husband Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, (C) is sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor (R) as US President-elect Joe Biden look on as the 49th US Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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