The symbolism of Harris on the national ticket can’t be underplayed. However, the practical effect of her nomination is an open question.
In choosing Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, Joe Biden has picked the safest candidate–if you can call putting the first black woman on a national ticket safe. And while all of Biden’s possibilities had strong LGBTQ records, Harris certainly stands out.
“You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden wrote in an email from his campaign to supporters.
While no one could surpass Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the first out lesbian in the Senate and another rumored candidate, Harris has effectively been campaigning for the LGBTQ vote for years. Once she was admitted to the bar in 1990, she started a long career as a prosecutor, first as an assistant prosecutor in the Bay Area, then as San Francisco’s District Attorney and finally as the California State Attorney General.