Birth Name: Kamala Devi Harris
Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States
Date of Birth: October 20, 1964
*father – Jamaican [African, possibly small amount of Northern Irish]
*mother – Tamil Indian
Kamala Harris is an American attorney and politician. A Democrat, she has served a U.S. Senator from California, since January 3, 2017. She was previously District Attorney of San Francisco, from January 8, 2004 to January 3, 2011, and Attorney General of California, from January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2017.
She is a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020.
Kamala is the daughter of Shyamala (Gopalan), a cancer researcher, breast cancer specialist, and civil rights activist, and Donald J. Harris, an economics professor at Stanford University. Her father is Jamaican, of African-Jamaican descent. Her mother is an emigrant from Chennai, India, of Tamil Indian descent. A video of Kamala’s father can be seen here. After her parents’ divorce, she spent many of her teenage years with her mother and sister in Montréal, Québec, Canada, where her mother worked. Kamala was raised attending both a black Baptist church and a Hindu temple.
Her name Kamala comes from the Sanskrit word for the lotus flower.
Kamala is married to attorney Douglas Emhoff. Douglas is Jewish.
Kamala’s sister is Maya Harris, a lawyer and public policy advocate. Maya is married to Tony West, who served as U.S. Associate Attorney General.
Kamala’s paternal grandfather was Oscar Harris (the son of Joseph Alexander Harris and Christiana “Christy” Brown). Oscar was born in Brown’s Town, St Ann Parish, Jamaica. Joseph was a land owner and agriculture exporter. Christiana was said to be a descendant of Hamilton Brown, a plantation and slave owner, who founded the city Brown’s Town. Hamilton was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Kamala’s paternal grandmother was named Beryl (the daughter of Iris Finegan).
Kamala’s maternal grandfather was named P. V. Gopalan (the son of Venkataraman Iyer). P. V. was a diplomat for India.
Kamala’s maternal grandmother was named Rajam.
Kamala is the second person of Indian ancestry to mount a major campaign for a party’s nomination for President of the United States. Bobby Jindal was the first (he ran for the 2016 Republican nomination for President).
Kamala is one of three people who were at least partly raised in the Hindu faith to run a major presidential campaign. Bobby Jindal, in 2016, and Tulsi Gabbard, who is also running for the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination, are the others. Of the three, only Tulsi is a practicing Hindu.
Kamala is one of several Asian-Americans to mount or to have mounted a notable campaign for a major American political party’s nomination for President of the United States. The others were:
*Hiram Fong (who sought the 1964 and 1968 Republican nominations; Fong was of Chinese descent)
*Patsy Mink (who sought the 1972 Democratic nomination; Mink was of Japanese descent)
*Bobby Jindal (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Jindal is of Indian descent)
*Andrew Yang (who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination; Yang’s parents are Taiwanese)
Family background of Kamala’s father – https://www.jamaicaglobalonline.com
Genealogy of Kamala Harris – https://www.geni.com
Obituary of Kamala’s mother – http://www.legacy.com