SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 10: California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks during a news conference on October 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Harris announced the filing of a lawsuit against the for-profit Corinthian Colleges and its subsidiaries for alleged false advertising, securities fraud, intentional misrepresentations to students and the unlawful use of military insignias in advertisements. Santa Ana, California-based Corinthian Colleges operates 111 total campuses in North America with 24 Heald, Everest and WyoTech colleges in California that have an estimated 27,000 students.

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If elected, Harris would make history as the second Black female senator

Taylor Lewis
Jan, 13, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today that she is running for U.S. Senate. Her bid comes less than a week after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced her retirement, reports The New York Times.

If Harris were elected to the Senate, she'd be the first Black female senator in more than 15 years. "I will be a fighter for middle class families who are feeling the pinch of stagnant wages and diminishing opportunity," she said in her announcement video. "I will fight relentlessly to protect our coast, our immigrant communities and our seniors."

As of today, her Democratic opposition lies in hedge fund manager Tom Steyer and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. However, the support that Harris has attracted from her constituents puts her at an advantage, as well as the fact that Boxer has expressed interest in seeking a female replacement.