Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday named Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate. Noted as one of the most consequential decisions of his run for president, Biden, in an email to supporters, said Harris is best equipped to help him defeat President Donald Trump and lead the nation at this time.
"These aren’t normal times. For the first time in our history, we’re facing three historic crises — all at the same time. We’re facing the worst pandemic in 100 years. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The most powerful calls for racial justice in a generation,” he wrote in the email. “And we have a president who has both failed to lead on the virus — costing lives and decimating our economy — and fanned the flames of hate and division.”
Harris has a long history with the agriculture industry both as a U.S. Senator and as California’s Attorney General.
Known as an advocate for farm workers and immigrants, last year Harris reintroduced the Fairness for Farm Workers Act, which would require overtime pay for people who work on farms. Additionally, she has co-sponsored the Agriculture Worker Program Act, which provides farm workers temporary protected status and a path toward citizenship.
Civil Eats reports Harris has also co-sponsored a handful of other food and agriculture related proposals during her time in the U.S. Senate including the SNAP for Kids ACT and the Equitable Nutrition Assistance for Territories Act.
When it comes to environmental legislation, Harris has been outspoken, including co-sponsoring the Green New Deal.
Additionally, Harris has publicly said on many occasions that she wouldn’t have voted for North American Free Trade Agreement, and in January voted against the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Should he be elected, Biden would be the oldest president to hold office. As such, for weeks analysts have said his vice president selection would be crucial to his success in November.
"I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead,” Biden said. “Kamala is that person."