The Democrats’ victories in Georgia this month tied the new Senate 50-50 and put Harris in a position to tip the scales on everything from key pieces of legislation to confirmation of Cabinet nominees and judges.
“This is not a farewell from the Senate,” said an assistant to Harris, given her role as a tiebreaker and the work expected to help Biden in the negotiations on Capitol Hill.
During her four years in the Senate, Harris drafted legislation to reduce racial disparities in maternal health, provide legal advice to those detained or detained while attempting to enter the United States under prohibition. travel from President Donald Trump, and joined Senator Cory Booker and members of the Congressional Black Caucus in drafting the Justice in Policing Act after Floyd’s murder sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and calls for racial justice .
Harris worked with fellow Republicans on legislation encouraging states to end cash bail, help victims of workplace sexual harassment, make lynching a federal crime, and preserve historically black colleges and universities.
She spent much of 2019 campaigning for president and was later nominated by Biden this fall.
Although Harris didn’t come to the Senate until 2017, she got her start in politics in the same office in 1984, when, in her sophomore year at Howard University, she did a summer internship with Sen. Alan Cranston from California.
Harris did not say whether she planned to keep an office in the Senate, as former Vice President Dick Cheney did when he spent six months as Senate head in 2001.
At the inauguration, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath of office to Harris as she takes the oath as the first female vice president. Biden chose Sotomayor, the first Latina judge, when he was sworn in for a second term in 2013.