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Born in 1964, Kamala Harris graduated with a B.A. from Howard University in 1986 and a J.D. from the University of California in 1989. She became a deputy district attorney in 1990 in Alameda County, California, serving on several government boards and later becoming deputy district attorney in San Francisco. In 2004 she became District Attorney of San Francisco, and in 2010 became Attorney General of California. In 2016 she was elected Senator from California, a position she currently holds.
Arms Trade Treaty
Harris’ position on this issue is unknown.
Arms Sales to Saudi Coalition
Harris explicitly supports ending arms sales and military support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. She voted (See also S.J. Res. 36, 38) June 20, 2019 to prevent arms sales to the Saudis (see resource page) and cosponsored and supported S.J. Res. 7, the War Powers Resolution (see resource page).
Response to Council on Foreign Relations questionnaire, August 21, 2019
“First of all, we need to end U.S. support for the catastrophic Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has driven the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. I voted to do just that earlier this year. I also voted to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that only help continue this atrocity. Unfortunately, President Trump vetoed both of those measures. He has stood in lockstep with Riyadh, even turning a blind eye to the heinous assassination of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The United States and Saudi Arabia still have mutual areas of interest, such as counterterrorism, where the Saudis have been strong partners. And we should continue to coordinate on that front. But we need to fundamentally reevaluate our relationship with Saudi Arabia, using our leverage to stand up for American values and interests.”
Firearms Export Oversight
Harris’ position on this issue is unknown. She supports banning assault-style weapons domestically, having cosponsored a Senate bill on this topic, but has not directly addressed broader export oversight rules.