Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris.

Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris in August of 2020 to be his running mate to take on the Trump-Pence ticket in November. Biden’s choice made history, as Harris became the first woman of color to run a major party ticket in the United States. Harris is a battle-tested former presidential candidate and ex-prosecutor who has shown an ability to go on the attack - a valued asset for a running mate. A first-term senator from California, she had already been heavily vetted by the media and rival campaigns.

Harris endorsed Biden after dropping out of the 2020 Democratic primary race. But her criticism of him during a Democratic primary debate about his opposition to school busing rankled some people close to Biden, who worry about her ambition and loyalty.