Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

By Carla Marinucci
April 18, 2013 – 10:41 a.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has made lots of headlines in the last month for getting “best-looking” praise from POTUS, but today, Time Magazine is giving her a real honor. Harris has been named to the Time 100, the list of the most influential people on the planet.

The AG is included in a crowd of California leaders in culture, politics and business who include Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk (who was the focus of a special Time cover), and California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols, who is lauded as the “Thomas Edison of environmentalism.”

Among world and political leaders, there is President Barack Obama, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and Senator Rand Paul.

On the culture front, some of the honorees include “Girls’” Lena Dunham, Jay Z and Beyonce, singer Justin Timberlake, actor Daniel Day Lewis (extremely talented but most influential?) and the brilliant Indian film star/director and activist Aamir Khan.

Harris’ naming is especially interesting because the Time essay which accompanies her photo was written by House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who was, of course, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here it is:

As a child, Kamala accompanied her parents to civil rights marches in Oakland. She’s been making strides for justice — and breaking down barriers — ever since.

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