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Kamala Harris Awarded Golden Gavel for Setting Record in Tie-Breaking Votes in the Senate

This week, Vice President Kamala Harris was honored with a golden gavel in recognition of her unprecedented number of tie-breaking votes in the Senate.

Harris achieved this milestone on Tuesday by voting to confirm Loren AliKhan as a U.S. District Court judge.

A spokesperson from the White House highlighted the significance of Harris’s tie-breaking votes in advancing the Biden-Harris administration’s objectives over the past three years. The spokesperson emphasized that these decisive votes have been instrumental in reducing costs for American families, generating quality jobs in communities, and providing financial support to small businesses nationwide.

Harris has now exceeded the previous record held by John C. Calhoun, who was vice president from 1825 to 1832.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., presented Harris with the golden gavel to mark this historic achievement. Schumer noted the importance of Harris’s record not just in terms of the number of votes but also in terms of the impact of her decisions.

Harris had earlier equaled the record with her 31st vote in July, where she supported President Biden’s nominee, Kalpana Kotagal, for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the U.S. Constitution, the vice president acts as the president of the Senate and only votes to break ties.

As of December 6, 2023, vice presidents in U.S. history have cast a total of 300 tie-breaking votes.