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WASHINGTON – The nation’s first female vice president will be sworn in by the Supreme Court’s first Latina justice.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath of office to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris during her swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the ceremony.
Harris chose Sotomayor to administer the oath because both of them represent “firsts,” the source said.
Harris will not only be the first female vice president, but also the first Black and South Asian woman to hold the job. Both Harris and Sotomayor follow the value that Harris’ mother instilled in her, which is that “you may be the first to do many things – make sure you’re not the last,” the source said.
Harris will take the oath on two Bibles.
One belongs to Thurgood Marshall, who was the Supreme Court’s first Black justice and a civil rights icon. Harris has described Marshall as one of her heroes and credited him with inspiring her career.
The other Bible belongs to Regina Shelton, a neighbor and nursery school operator who was like a second mother to Harris and her sister Maya growing up. Harris used Shelton’s Bible when she was sworn in as California attorney general and as a U.S. senator.
This is not the first time Sotomayor has sworn in a new vice president. She administered the oath to Joe Biden when he was sworn in for a second term as vice president in 2013.
Michael Collins covers the White House. Reach him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.