California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who graduated from Howard University, a historically black college or university (HBCU) in Washington, D.C., recently announced that she will be seeking a Senate seat vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2016.

Harris was the first to formally declare her candidacy since Sen. Boxer announced that she would step down from her seat, according to CNN.

Notably, the Howard grad became the first person outside the long lineage of white males to hold the AG office when she was elected in 2010.

From her new campaign website: “I’m excited to share with you that I’m launching my campaign to represent the people of California in the United States Senate,” Harris said.

She added, “Your support has been crucial to me every step of the way, and I’m asking you to help me build a grassroots campaign that reaches every community of California.”

“From my first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to my work as San Francisco District Attorney to my current service as California Attorney General, I have worked to bring smart, innovative and effective approaches to fighting crime, fighting for consumers and fighting for equal rights for all,” said Harris.


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