California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday became the first Indian-American to become a senator  in electoral history of the United States. Harris, 51, who defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate. US President Barack Obama was the fifth black elected Senator.

She is the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan came to the US from Chennai to study science, specifically endocrinology and complex mechanisms of cancer. Her father Donald grew up in Jamaica, where he became a national scholar and earned the opportunity to study economics Kamala was born in Oakland, California.

A two-term Attorney General of California, Harris defeated L Sanchez from her own party. She would replace Barbara Boxer who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.