New VP Harris lines up another US first

Kamala Harris will be sworn in as vice president of the US on January 20.
Camera IconKamala Harris will be sworn in as vice president of the US on January 20.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a history-making event in which the first black, South Asian and female vice president will take her oath of office from the first Latina justice.

Harris chose Sotomayor for the January 20 task, according to a person familiar with the decision.

She will also use two Bibles for the swearing-in, one of which belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court justice.

ABC News first reported the latest details of Harris' inauguration plans.

Harris has previously expressed admiration for Sotomayor and Marshall.

She and Sotomayor share experience as prosecutors, and she once called Marshall - like Harris, a graduate of Washington DC's Howard University - one of her "greatest heroes".

The vice president-elect said in a video posted to Twitter that she viewed Marshall as "one of the main reasons I wanted to be a lawyer", calling him "a fighter" in the courtroom.

It will be the second time Sotomayor has taken part in an inauguration. She swore in President-elect Joe Biden as vice president in 2013.

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