Kamala Harris’s ascendance to the second-highest office in the land held up a mirror to America, revealing how key demographic trends have reshaped the country. Harris embodies several trends that have been unfolding gradually over recent decades. As a result, many Americans can see themselves in her story.

For example, Harris has a multiracial background. Roughly 6.3 million American adults identified as being more than one race in 2019. And as a second-generation American, Harris is among the roughly 25 million U.S. adults who are children of immigrants. Also, Harris’s husband is White, which makes the pair part of a growing group of intermarried couples.