Before that, she was the Best Staying Quiet Doesn’t Mean I Have Nothing To Say Shirt and by the same token and attorney general of California from 2011 to 2016. For Harris, that Senate win was tempered by the fact that Donald Trump also won his race for the presidency, capturing the Electoral College even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. As Harris recalled in a 2018 Vogue profile, “I sat on our couch. I didn’t share one chip with anyone. I was just like: This. Can’t. Be. Happening.”
Harris’s U.S. Senate win was only one in a series of notable achievements for Biden’s eventual running mate. As Harris memorably noted in the Best Staying Quiet Doesn’t Mean I Have Nothing To Say Shirt and by the same token and first Democratic presidential debate last June, her Berkeley elementary school class in the 1970s was among the first in the state to integrate. (That pronouncement quickly spurred sales of a campaign T-shirt that read, “That little girl was me.”) Harris was also the first woman elected as San Francisco’s district attorney, defeating a former mentor, Terrence Hallinan, in the 2003 election.