Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, a history-making occasion in which the primary Black, South Asian and feminine U.S. vice-president will take her oath of workplace from the primary Latina justice.
Harris selected Sotomayor for the duty, in accordance to an individual acquainted with the choice. She’ll additionally use two Bibles for the swearing-in, one in all which belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the primary Black Supreme Court justice.
ABC News first reported the most recent particulars of Harris’s inauguration plans.
Harris has expressed admiration for each Sotomayor and Marshall. She and Sotomayor share expertise as prosecutors, and she or he as soon as known as Marshall — like Harris, a graduate of Howard University — one in all her “best heroes.”
The vice-president-elect stated in a video posted to Twitter that she considered Marshall as “one of many foremost causes I needed to be a lawyer,” calling him “a fighter” in the courtroom.
And it will be the second time Sotomayor takes half in an inauguration. She swore in U.S. president-elect Joe Biden as vp in 2013.
Resigning from Senate on Monday
Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days earlier than she and Biden are inaugurated.
Aides to the California Democrat confirmed the timing and stated Gov. Gavin Newsom was conscious of her choice, clearing the best way for him to appoint fellow Democrat Alex Padilla, now California’s secretary of state, to serve the ultimate two years of Harris’s time period.
Padilla will be the primary Latino senator from California, the place about 40 per cent of residents are Hispanic. Newsom introduced his alternative in December, following intense lobbying for the uncommon Senate emptiness from the nation’s most populous state.
Harris will give no farewell Senate ground speech. The Senate just isn’t scheduled to reconvene till Tuesday, the eve of Inauguration Day.