Joe Biden, the presumptive presidential Democratic candidate has selected his running mate, making the announcement on social media on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is Biden’s pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris—a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants—as my running mate,” Biden wrote on Twitter.

He added: “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

Harris makes history as the first black woman to be selected in a major party as VP pick, and was the second black woman to become elected to the Senate in 2016. She was born in Oakland to an Indian mother and Jamaican father.

Biden said in an e-mail to supporters, “I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021.”

The Biden campaign said after the announcement that Biden and Harris will speak in Wilmington, Delaware, “on working together to restore the soul of the nation and fight for working families to move the country forward.”
Harris’ bid for the White House ended last December after voters showed no confidence in her, and she failed to generate enough support to match her rivals Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Biden.

During the Democratic primary, her record as the attorney general of California and the district attorney in San Francisco was closely scrutinized. Liberals and young black voters considered her not supportive on some issues such as systemic racism in the legal system and police brutality, reports Breitbart. She stated she was “a progressive prosecutor” who supported law enforcement reforms.

Biden’s pick of his running mate came after months of deliberation, in March he pledged to select a woman as his pick.

The Democratic National Convention is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Milwaukee.