Kamala Harris, the Democratic senator-elect from California, has been climbing the political ladder on the West Coast for years. Harris first gained political clout when she was elected San Francisco district attorney in 2003.
The daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, Harris has broken glass ceilings throughout her career.
In 2011, she became the first woman, first African-American and first Indian-American to be sworn in as California's attorney general. With her 2016 victory, Harris will become the second black woman and first South Asian-American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Harris has pushed for criminal justice reform, becoming one of the first attorneys general to suggest alternatives to jail for nonviolent, low-level drug trafficking offenders, like mental health treatment. Harris was also a leader in the fight for marriage equality in California.
The senator-elect has widespread Democratic support that includes Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and President Barack Obama, to whom Harris has often been compared.
Will she run in 2020? Well, Harris blasted Donald Trump's victory the day after the election, vowing to protect immigrants in her state and criticizing his call for mass deportations and a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
But not so fast, Katie Packer, a Republican strategist with Burning Glass Consulting who has managed campaigns at every level from state to presidential, told CNBC.
"Being a senator is different from almost anything else she would have done, and certainly, being president is far different from being a senator," Packer said. "We need to give her a little time to see how she develops on a national stage."
But Obama famously ran for president during his first term in the Senate, which could serve as precedent for Harris — whose name has also been in the mix for roles like California governor, Supreme Court justice and vice president.