Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday broke almost a two-century barrier in American politics, as she was inaugurated as the first woman, first Black American and first South Asian American to hold the office.
Just a few hours after the historic swearing-in, she quickly returned to the U.S. Capitol to carry out her role as president of the Senate.
She swore in three new senators after President Joe Biden's inauguration, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and her own successor, Alex Padilla.
"The chair lays before the Senate two certificates of election for the state of Georgia. And a certificate of appointment to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former Senator Kamala D. Harris of California."
Serving as Senate president, Harris holds the tie-breaking vote in the 100-member chamber.
With the Senate divided 50-50 between the parties, her position becomes even more significant in passing the Biden administration's legislation on COVID-19, the economy and climate change.
And given her multiracial heritage, issues like racial inequality are likely to play a big role in her approach.
Already, Harris has hinted about the racial disparities in the impact of the pandemic.
Earlier in May, she introduced the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task
Force Act to tackle the racial and ethnic issues by bringing together leaders and experts.
Her appointment has already broken several barriers, and her time as vice president could help pave the way for others,the value instilled by her mother when she said, "You may be the first to do many things, but make sure you're not the last."
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News