Kamala Harris: Are We Looking at the Next US Sen. From Calif.?

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You might be dreading 2016 because it will be the last year of the first black president.

But all is not lost, fam. Chances are you’ll get your first African-American female senator in over 15 years.

With Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) retiring, history is about to make another run. The Golden State’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, a Democrat, is announcing her bid for the seat. Going in quick and early, less than a full week after Boxer’s retirement news, signals shrewd mastery of the political calendar. That potentially clears a crowded field. Potential rival Northern California golden boy Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom already pulled his name from contention and instead put first dibs on the governor’s mansion for 2018.

It’s been a long time coming. We’ve pulled in several brothers, for better or for worse, to serve as U.S. senators, and one even made it to the White House. But we’ve had only one African-American woman in the Senate: Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.), a once-promising Chicago pol whose career ended on a flat, fourth-place run for Windy City mayor. 

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