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Kamala Harris Net Worth

Kamala Harris Net Worth
Net Worth$4,000,000
Full NameKamala Devi Harris
Date of Birth/AgeOctober 20, 1964 (age 54)
Source of wealthLawyer, Politician
Country of originU.S.
State/City of originOakland, California
Last Updated2019

What Is Kamala Harris’s Net Worth?

Kamala Harris’s net worth is $4 million.

What Is Kamala Harris’s Yearly Salary?

She makes $157,000 a year as a U.S. Senator. The job comes with many perks that include free transportation, expense and travel allowances, health insurance and a lifetime pension.

In April 2019, she and her husband released 15 years of tax returns. These showed that most of the couple’s money came from her husband’s earnings as a law firm partner. Some of the money also came from sales of her 2018 book, The Truths We Hold. The couple reported $1.9 million in income for 2018.

How Did Kamala Harris Make Her Money?

She is a U.S. Senator for the state of California. She was elected in 2017. Before that, Harris was the Attorney General for the state of California.

Harris is a prominent figure in Democratic political circles. She made a name for herself as a district attorney who was outspoken, no-nonsense and tough on violent crime.


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A Fearless Voice

Once in Congress, Harris continued being outspoken and fearless. She has countered attacks about her record with quick, barbed responses that made her popular among Democratic voters. She has defended fellow representatives who were criticized for their controversial views.

Harris has gained respect as a strong defender of the Democratic Party’s ideals.

She is also known for her striking good looks and her stylish pantsuits.

In 2019, Harris announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.


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Kamala Harris Biography and Career

Harris’s mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris is originally from India. She is a former cancer researcher who came to the U.S to do post-graduate work at the University of California.

Her father Donald Harris is a professor of economics at Stanford University. He originally came to the U.S. from Jamaica.

Early Life

Harris and her sister Maya traveled to India to visit her extended family there quite often. At home, they attended a black Baptist church and a Hindu temple.

She has explained that her name comes from the Sanskrit word for “lotus flower.” Her mother’s original language is Sanskrit.

Harris has frequently cited her mixed background as the reason that she embraces diversity and immigration.

When asked how she identifies racially, she said, “I am black, and I am proud of it.”


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College Years

When Harris was seven, her parents divorced. Five years later, her mother accepted a teaching and research position in Montreal, Canada. Harris, her mother, and her sister moved there.

Harris graduated from high school in Canada and then enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She majored in political science and economics. She was on the debate team, student council, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

After graduating, Harris returned home to California. She enrolled at the University of California law school. She graduated in 1989 and was admitted to the California bar in 1990.


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State Government Career

In the early 1990s, Harris was working in the state attorney’s office in Alameda County. She was also dating Willie Brown, who was then the speaker for the California state assembly.

Brown was a popular figure who was well-connected politically. He was later elected as the first black mayor of San Francisco.

Brown appointed Harris to the California Medical Assistance Commission. The job gave her access to important contacts in the Democratic state party.


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A Pioneering District Attorney

In 2003, Harris ran for election as the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. She defeated two-term incumbent Terence Hallinan to win the election.

During her tenure, Harris initiated several key programs including the Back on Track program that gave offenders a second chance at turning their lives around in exchange for pleading guilty to lesser charges.

She also wrote and published the bookSmart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer.

In 2007, she ran for reelection unopposed.


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Attorney General Race

In 2008, Harris ran for the nomination to become California Attorney General. She received several endorsements from high-ranking Democratic party officials, several prominent unions and key liberal organizations.

Harris won the primary race against two challengers. She won the election in 2010. In 2014, she ran for reelection and won again.

A Mixed Record

Harris made her mark as a prosecutor whose office had a high conviction rate and handed out long sentences.

She also ushered in legal reforms related to mortgage fraud, prison conditions, and hate crimes.

She focused on prosecuting financial crimes and instituted measures to protect citizens’ privacy during electronic communications. She prosecuted polluters who dumped oil into California waters. She supported gay marriage and workers’ rights to form unions.

In 2015, she created controversy when she defended convictions that were later found to have been made using perjury, false evidence, and other illegal techniques.

Some critics said that her tough laws against school truancy were overly harsh to low-income families.

She was also criticized for not prosecuting investor Steve Mnuchin for financial fraud. Mnuchin later donated $2000 to her presidential campaign.


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Congressional Election

In 2016, longstanding U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) announced that she was retiring. Harris immediately announced her candidacy.

She was an early frontrunner, receiving generous donations and important endorsements. She also polled well ahead of her competitors.

Harris won the race. She was sworn into Congress on January 2017. She was assigned to the Committee on the Judiciary, the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Presidential Race

In 2019, Harris announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. She launched her campaign with the slogan, “Kamala: For the People.”


In 2014, Harris married California lawyer Douglas Emhoff. She does not have children of her own. She is a stepmother to Emhoff’s children from a previous marriage.


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Favorite Quotes from Kamala Harris

“What’s important for my daughter to know is that if you have an opportunity, it is your duty to make sure others have that opportunity as well.”

“I strongly believe that for serious and violent criminals, we must absolutely hold them accountable for their crimes and send them to prison.”

“What we all want is public safety. We don’t want rhetoric that’s framed through ideology.”

“Here’s the truth people need to understand. To tackle the problems of the 21st century, we must empower women and families. If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.”

Success Tips from Kamala Harris

  1. “I was raised to be an independent woman, not the victim of anything.”
  2. “If anyone ever gets in your way and tells you to not follow your dreams, be it because of your age, your gender, what you look like or where you come from, don’t listen. Do not be burdened by what has been when you can create what should be.”