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I was born into a matrilineal family of strong women in South India.

Sen. Harris’ multiple identities and experiences not only bring important perspectives to the table, but also allow so many others to see new possibilities for their own futures.

On the night in 2016 that I became the first South Asian woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, Kamala Harris became the first South Asian American woman — and only the second Black woman — to be elected to the Senate.

My great-aunt, who had long inspired me, had also been a professor to Sen. Harris’ aunt, Sarala Gopalan.

Devi.”Donald Trump was also elected the night Sen. Harris and I were elected to Congress.

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