Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The list of candidates are all women with a long list of qualifications to be Vice President.

With less than 100 days to the presidential election, Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is close to picking his own vice presidential candidate.

Biden told reporters he would announce his pick in the first week of August. He has also pledged to choose a female running mate in his bid for the White House, if elected his VP would be the first female vice president in U.S. history. 

Here’s a look at the women on Biden’s shortlist. 

Major Contenders

Karen Bass 
Representative From California

Bass is in her fifth term in the House of Representatives, where she has taken a particular interest in criminal justice reform and intellectual property rights. Before serving in Congress, Bass was a member of the California Assembly and was elected to and served as the 67th Speaker of the Assembly. 

Bass has been an outspoken critic of President Trump. Most recently in an interview with The View, Bass said Trump wants to be an “authoritarian leader.” 

Kamala Harris
Senator From California

Harris most notably served as California’s Attorney General and has worked on criminal justice reform. She has a special interest in civil rights and is the second Black woman to be elected to the Senate. 

During her time in office she has pushed for raising the minimum wage, making higher education more affordable and reforming the cash bail system. Harris began the race for the White House alongside Biden, but halted her campaign earlier this year.

Tammy Duckworth
Senator From Illinois

Duckworth is a veteran of the Iraq War and is a recipient of a Purple Heart. She was one of the first female members of the Army to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and was first elected to the House in 2012 and then the Senate in 2016. 

She is the first Thai-born woman to be elected to Congress and the first disabled woman to serve. 

Susan Rice
Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, former National Security Advisor for President Obama

Although Rice has never run for office, she has served the United States as its ambassador to the United Nations and has a close relationship with Biden from working in the Obama administration. She held her position at the UN from 2009 to 2013, and she also served as National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017.

During her time at the UN, she worked on human rights, poverty and elevated the issues of climate change. 

Wildcard VP Picks

Stacey Abrams 
Former Representative From Georgia

Abrams spent 10 years in the General Assembly of Georgia. She gained national attention in 2018 when she ran for, but ultimately lost, the race for governor against Republican Brian Kemp. Since then she has focused her efforts on voting rights and has run Fair Fight, a group that works on voter laws and registration in Georgia and elsewhere in the country. 

Following President Trump’s State of the Union address in 2019 Abrams became the first Black woman to deliver the response from the opposing party.

Tammy Baldwin
Senator From Wisconsin

Baldwin has been serving as Wisconsin senator since 2013, but has been working in Congress for more than 20 years. She has had a liberal track record during her time on the Hill, and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. 

Baldwin would bring another first to the vice presidency: she would be the first openly gay vice president. She became the first openly gay individual to serve in Congress in 1998. 

Baldwin also has experience in local politics from her time serving on the Dane County board of supervisors.

Keisha Lance Bottoms 
Mayor of Atlanta

Before her time in the Mayor’s office, Bottoms worked as a judge and city council member. Through her work, she has pushed a progressive agenda that focuses on equity and affordable housing in Atlanta. 

Bottoms made headlines during the coronavirus pandemic, when Georgia Gov. Brain Kemp sued her over Atlanta’s mask mandate which she instituted to protect residents from the virus. Her response to the protests over George Floyd’s death in Atlanta also put her in the national spotlight.

Val Demings
Representative From Florida

Demings began her career as a social worker and then spent nearly 30 years in the Orlando Police Department. She became the department’s first female Chief of Police in 2007, and was elected to the House in 2017. 

Demings was picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as one of the few House members to prosecute the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the Senate. Demings is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition. 

Michelle Lujan Grisham
Governor of New Mexico

Grisham was elected to Congress in 2011 and has paid special attention to supporting local tribes, equal pay for women and veterans’ healthcare. She became the first Democratic Latina to be elected to governor in New Mexico in 2019. 

Elizabeth Warren
Senator From Massachusetts 

Warren is a well known name on the shortlist for the vice presidency. She has served as a senator since 2013, and like Harris began the race to the White House as an opponent of Biden. However, since dropping out of the race, she has thrown her support behind Biden and helped raise millions of dollars for his campaign. 

During her time in office she has paid special interest to regulating big banks, bankruptcy laws, and alleviating student loan debt. 

Gretchen Whitmer
Governor of Michigan

Whitmer has a long history in public service. She was first elected to the Michigan statehouse in 2001, and after serving for five years she was elected to the state senate. Whitmer was elected Governor of Michigan in 2019.

Whitmer has become a household name in recent months as she has sparred with President Trump over the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Last weekend, Whitmer traveled to Delaware to meet with Biden, The Gander reports.

CORRECTION: Stacey Abrams’ name was misspelled in a previous version of this article. We regret the error.