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Kamala D. Harris 

Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20, 1964) is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the 32nd and current Attorney General of California since 2011.

Harris graduated from Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law, then working as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, California from 1990 to 1998. She served as Managing Attorney of the Career Criminal Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2000 and as Chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division in the office of San Francisco City Attorney from 2000 to 2003. In 2003, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco, defeating incumbent Terence Hallinan. She was re-elected in 2007 and served from 2004 to 2011.

Harris was elected Attorney General in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.Harris is the first female, the first African-American, and the first Asian-American attorney general in California.

Harris announced her intention to run for re-election in February 2014 and filed paperwork to run on February 12.

 

 

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Ivy R. Taylor 

Ivy Ruth Taylor is the current mayor of San Antonio and the first African-American to hold the position. She was elected by the city council to serve in the interim following Julian Castro’s departure to the Obama administration.

Ivy Taylor was first elected to San Antonio City Council in 2009 representing District 2, and was subsequently re-elected in 2011 and 2013. When mayor Julian Castro was selected by President Barack Obama in May 2014, to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development he was obliged to vacate his position as mayor of San Antonio. The charter of San Antonio requires that the replacement mayor be elected by and from the other ten members of the City Council with a majority of six votes. On July 22, 2014, the members of the San Antonio City Council held a special election to fill the vacant position. After Taylor and fellow councilman Ray Lopez split the vote 5-3 in favor of Taylor, Lopez withdrew from consideration, and Taylor was elected with a 9-0 vote. Once Taylor was elected, Castro immediately resigned as mayor.

Taylor is married to Rodney Taylor and has one daughter, Morgan. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University in 1992 and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.

Taylor was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta during her time at New Haven, Connecticut.

 

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Valerie Jarrett 

Valerie June Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is a Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration. She is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. Prior to that she served as a co-chairman of the Obama–Biden Transition Project.

Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, to American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. One of her maternal great-grandfathers, Robert Robinson Taylor, was an architect who is sometimes cited as the first accredited African American architect.

Jarrett graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in 1974. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1978 and a juris doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

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