The United States of America will have three Asian-American women as senators soon — the most in history.
Kamala Harris and Tammy Duckworth officially won for California and Illinois, respectively, against Loretta Sanchez and Mark Kirk.
Harris is the first Indian-American elected to the Senate. She defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez by a 34.8 percentage point margin, Times of India
noted. She garnered 1,904,714 votes.
Harris was born in Oakland to an Indian mother and a Jamaican-American father. That said, she also makes history as the first black senator from California.
as the state’s 32nd Attorney General from January 3, 2011 and was re-elected on November 4, 2014.
Duckworth unseated Republican Mark Kirk by taking 60% of the vote, ABC 7 Chicago
noted. She amassed 1,443,857 votes.
Born in Thailand, she became the first Asian-American woman sent to Congress from Illinois in 2012, according to NBC News
. She is also a veteran of the Iraq War.
“I will go to work in the Senate looking to honor the sacrifice and quiet dignity of those Illinoisans facing challenges of their own.”
Harris and Duckworth are joining Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who became the very first Asian-American woman to land a seat in the Senate.