Character shaped by family and faith.
President Joe Biden’s character is shaped by faith and family. Hear and read about how his faith has played a key role in his life and how that faith is reflected on his interactions with others.
Chris White, National Catholic Reporter, July 30, 2020
“Biden credits those Catholic roots — which first took seed in parishes and parochial schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware — with teaching him the importance of the human dignity of all people, a core principle of Catholic social teaching. They also shaped his understanding of solidarity, especially with the poor and the working class, which he regularly cites when talking about job security and economic policy.”
Vice-President Kamala Harris
On Wednesday, August 11th, 2020, Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate to be Vice President of the United States.
Kamala’s father immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica to study economics and her mother immigrated from India. Kamala’s mother told her growing up “Don’t sit around and complain about things, do something,” which is what drives Kamala every single day.
Kamala Harris started fighting for working families in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she focused on prosecuting child sexual assault cases. From there, she became the first Black woman elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney. In this position, she started a program to provide first-time drug offenders second chances with the opportunity to earn a high school degree and find a job.
In 2010, Kamala became the first Black woman to be elected California Attorney General, overseeing the country’s second largest Justice Department, only behind the U.S. Department of Justice. In this capacity, she managed a $735 million budget and oversaw more than 4,800 attorneys and other employees. As California Attorney General, Kamala fought for families and won a $20 billion settlement for California homeowners against big banks that were unfairly foreclosing on homes.
Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Kamala Harris has introduced and co-sponsored legislation to help the middle class, increase the minimum wage to $15, sponsored the Rent Relief Act of 2019 (providing tax credits to those who pay more than 30% of their income to rent), and defend the legal rights of refugees and immigrants.