Meet new Vice President Kamala Harris - making history, 'Momala' and life-changing text

 "I may be the first woman in this office, I won't be the last."

These words from Kamala Harris's Vice President victory speech will go down in history.

When Joe Biden picked the California senator as his running mate, she became the first black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket.

And after they won their bid for White House, beating a very bitter Donald Trump, she is set to become the first woman and the first person of colour to be Vice President.

Her victory speech moved many tears, as she spoke passionately and powerfully about her friend Joe, the country she loves and how she hopes her achievements will inspire little girls everywhere.

She will make history when she becomes Vice President

Harris shared a video of the moment she phoned Biden after their victory was called, in which she can be heard saying "we did it, Joe. You're going to be the next President of the United States".

Hours after the victory was announced, a video of Harris telling her great-niece that she could be president one day went viral.

She can be heard saying: "Well you could be president. But not right now. You have to be over the age of 35."

The adorable four-year-old replies: "I know I could be an astronaut president."

Harris told her great-niece she could be president one day

Harris was born in Oakland, California, in 1964 to a Jamaican-born father and Indian-born mother.

Her mother was an activist and researcher, and acted as a true inspiration for her children.

Speaking about her mum in her victory speech, Harris said: "My mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts.

"When she came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn't quite imagine this moment.

"But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible."

Harris studied at Howard University before earning a place at the University of California where she studied law.

Her first political job was in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, and she stood in her first election in 2003, when she became San Francisco's district attorney.

Running mates, Joe and Kamala 

Seven years later she was elected California's attorney general in 2010 - the first woman and black person to hold the job.

In 2016 she was elected to the Senate and she became known for questioning Trump's administration officials.

She quickly became one of the party's most prominent figures, and at the start of 2019 she set her eyes on the White House.

With the slogan "Kamala Harris For the People," a reference to her courtroom work, she launched her own bid to become president.

Harris in March 1997 during her time as Alameda County deputy district attorney 
Harris cheers during the annual Gay Pride parade in San Francisco in 2015, two days after the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage

Her first rally attracted more than 20,000 people, but she quickly hit fundraising problems.

Despite early promise, her campaign faded and she pulled out of the race two months before the first primary votes were cast.

She decided to back Biden, who described her as "smart, tough and experienced".

Announcing her as his running mate, he said: "She's a proven fighter for the backbone of this country.

"Kamala knows how to govern. She knows how to make the hard calls. She's ready to do this job on day one."

Kamala chatting to Joe after the result was announced 
Harris hopes her position will inspire women 
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