Kamala Harris Says She Is 'Honored' to Be Joe Biden's Running Mate: 'He's Spent His Life Fighting for Us'

A former prosecutor, Harris previously challenged Biden for the Democratic nomination with her own presidential bid last year. While she saw a brief polling surge last July, her momentum withered and she left the race in December, citing a lack of funds.

Harris endorsed Biden in March, weeks before the novel coronavirus pandemic caused mass shutdowns across the United States.

She was one of PEOPLE's Women Changing the World in 2019 — a group of women changing American politics and the way we view the political landscape in the U.S. — alongside fellow senators and former democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.

“I think it’s really important for America to just have further evidence of the breadth and depth of what women are and what we can do," Harris told PEOPLE then.

“Each woman who breaks a barrier and expands the minds of people in terms of what’s possible and what that looks like, they do our country a great service,” Harris added. “I certainly do think about it that way.”

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