4 things to know about Senator Kamala Harris

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In 2008, Barack Obama, a freshman Democratic senator, became the first African-American man elected president of the United States. A decade later, another first-term Democrat from the Senate is making a bid for the White House, this time to become the first African-American woman to lead the nation.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California announced Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she is running to unseat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

“I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up for who we are,” Harris said.

Harris, 54, plans to launch her campaign at a rally on Jan. 27, in Oakland, California, where she was born and raised. In 2017, Harris, whose mother emigrated to the U.S. from India, became the first South Asian-American, and only the second African-American senator, in history, according to her biography on her Senate page.

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