Kamala Harris to be sworn in by Justice Sotomayor at inauguration

The first woman of color to become vice president will take her oath from the first woman of color to sit on the Supreme Court

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When Kamala Harris takes the oath of office this week, she will become the first female vice president in American history, as well as the first Black and South Asian vice president.

The vice president-elect has chosen to make the moment even more historic, if possible. She's reportedly asked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to swear her into office.

Justice Sotomayor is the first Latina justice and the first woman of color to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.


Both women are former prosecutors; Harris tried cases in California while Sotomayor worked in New York.

Harris has also chosen to use two bibles for her ceremony. One bible belonged to Mrs. Regina Shelton, who was like a second mother to Harris growing up. The vice president-elect previously used Mrs. Shelton's bible during her swearing-in for California Attorney General and the United States Senate.

Harris will also be sworn in using a bible that belonged to the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. In a video posted to Twitter, Harris called Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court Justice, one of her childhood heroes and "one of the main reasons I wanted to be a lawyer."

This will actually be the second time that Justice Sotomayor takes part in an inauguration. She previously swore in Joe Biden as vice president in 2013.

We love how Harris is surrounding herself with other trailblazers for the historic ceremony. When our children watch the ceremony, they will see two strong role models, representing their offices and country.

In her first address to the nation as vice president-elect, Harris said, "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."

We are so here for it.

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