Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President on Wednesday, becoming the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian American to hold the office.
Harris, who resigned as a senator from California on Monday, was sworn in on the Capitol steps by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
“This moment embodies our character as a nation. It demonstrates who we are,” Harris said after the inauguration.
In a poignant moment, Harris and her spouse Doug Emhoff were seen accompanying former Vice President Mike Pence as he left the Capitol.
Following the ceremony, she returned to the Capitol to swear in new Senators Jon Ossoff, Alex Padilla and Raphael Warnock. Padilla was appointed to succeed Harris, and the other senators are newly elected Democrats from Georgia.
“It was an honor to return to the Senate to swear in Senators Padilla, Warnock, and Ossoff. They are dedicated to lifting up all Americans—and I look forward to working with them,” Harris said.
Harris was born in Oakland to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both immigrated to the United States to study. She served as San Francisco’s first female district attorney and was California’s first woman of color to be elected attorney general and later senator.