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Barbara Lee backs Kamala Harris in 2020 presidential race

February 14, 2019

Rep. Barbara Lee on Thursday endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris’ bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Ms. Lee, California Democrat, will serve as the co-chair of Harris’ campaign in their shared home state.

“When I was a young single mother attending Mills College, I invited Shirley Chisholm to come to speak on campus and was inspired to later work on her presidential campaign,” Ms. Lee said in a statement. “I threw all my energy and support behind a visionary Black woman committed to making America work for all its people. Shirley set us on a path toward progress, and now Senator Kamala Harris picks up the baton.”

Ms. Lee is the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and is well-respected among liberal activists.