Kamala Harris was sworn in as the United States’s first female vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the west front of the Capitol, holding two bibles — one belonging to Thurgood Marshall, the country’s first black chief of the high court.
Sotomayor is the first Latina to sit on the Supreme Court. The second bible, belonging to a longtime family friend, was used during Harris’s swearing-in ceremony as a senator four years ago and as California’s attorney general.
Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, is the first woman and first person of color to be vice president. She wore purple in a nod to Shirley Chisholm, “who ran for president decades ago and inspired her career,” according to CNN. Former first lady Michelle Obama was also dressed in purple.
She was escorted by the Capitol Police officer credited with saving lawmakers’ lives with his quick thinking on Jan. 6 as a pro-Trump mob marauded through the Capitol buildings, chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!”
Harris was dressed by two black designers from the South, Christopher John Rogers, who is from Baton Rouge, and Sergio Hudson, from South Carolina, and wore Alpha Kappa Alpha’s signature pearls.
As vice president, Harris takes on the constitutional role of president of the Senate. Her first acts in that role will come later on Wednesday when she delivers the oath of office to the incoming California senator who will succeed her and to two Georgia Democrats who won runoff elections earlier this month.
Author : Katherine Doyle
Source : Washington Examiner : Kamala Harris sworn in as America’s first female vice president