Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President of the United States on Jan. 20, becoming the first woman to take that oath of office.
Harris took the oath of office at 11:42 a.m. She used two Bibles during the oath, which was administered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Harris is expected to take her oath of office today using two Bibles; one that previously belonged to a former neighbor and family friend of Harris’, Regina Shelton, and another that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court, according to a Harris aide.
She will make history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president, and she will be sworn in by the first Hispanic and third female justice in U.S Supreme Court history, Sonia Sotomayor.
Following the inaugural events, Harris will head to the Capitol when the Senate reconvenes late afternoon to swear in three new Democratic senators. The three senators are the two Georgia’s Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who both defeated the GOP incumbents — Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue just two weeks ago in a twin runoff race. The third is Harris’s replacement Alex Padilla. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) appointed Padilla who was California’s secretary of state.
Shortly after Warnock, Ossoff, and Padilla are sworn in, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will become Senate majority leader. The Senate will be divided 50-50, empowering Harris to cast the tiebreaking votes.