- Senators repeatedly interrupt her, but she's always prepared
- On activist parents: "I grew up with stroller's-eye view of civil rights movement"
(CNN)Kamala Harris has served as freshman senator for only six months, but she's not wasting time sitting in the shadows.
- Question Trump administration officials during hearings despite interruptions by Republican colleagues.
- Her college education spans two coasts -- with a bachelor of arts from Howard University in DC, and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings.
- Harris, 52, was born in Oakland, California.
- Her mother and father were immigrants from India and Jamaica, respectively. Her parents met as civil rights activists at the University of California-Berkeley, and got Harris involved in fighting for social justice when she was a baby by wheeling her to protests in a stroller.
- "I grew up with a stroller's-eye view of the civil rights movement, and often I joke that as a child, I was surrounded by adults marching and shouting for this thing called justice," she says on her website.
- Harris is a former San Francisco prosecutor, and is at home at hearings. So her rapid-fire shots aimed at Sessions may not be a surprise for someone with a background that involved questioning witnesses.
- She has made her name in high-profile state positions, serving as the district attorney in San Francisco and also as state attorney general.
- She's been vocal about her criticism of Trump and denounced his agenda during a march in Washington a day after his inauguration.
- Harris says she's never been a fan of the word "can't." Most of her life, she says, she has defied suggestions that's "it's not your turn. It's not your time."
- She is California's first African-American senator and the first Indian-American senator in the country.
- This is not Harris' first national platform. In September 2012, she took the stage at the Democratic National Convention, where she slammed President Barack Obama's political opponents.
- Her name has come up as a 2020 presidential candidate, but Harris dismisses talk about a future run. "I'm absolutely not thinking about that at all," she told CNN senior political commentator David Axelrod.
- Whether she runs or not, she's already making a difference. "Her voice isn't just a good one, it's a necessary one to help capture all the energy and enthusiasm that Democrats on the left have right now," said Bill Burton, Democratic strategist and former Obama adviser.
- Harris has been described as a fresh face for a party desperately searching for a new generation of leaders. She has a "sense of youth, glamour and charisma," writes CNN's Maeve Reston.
- Former President Obama once described her as "brilliant ... dedicated and tough," following that up with a statement about her looks during a fundraising stop in San Francisco four years ago. Um, that statement did not go too well.
- "She is someone who has great instincts about how to get engaged in a fight," Burton said.
- But not everyone is buying into the hype. "If there was a normal administration in power, she would probably not be as prominent," said John J. Pitney, a politics professor at Claremont McKenna College in California.