A glance at leading candidates for US Senate in California

Kamala Harris

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 51; Oct. 20, 1964; Oakland, California

PARTY - Democratic

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from Howard University, 1986; law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1989

EXPERIENCE - Elected California attorney general in 2010, re-elected in 2014. San Francisco district attorney in 2003, re-elected in 2007. Deputy district attorney in Alameda and San Francisco counties, 1990-2002

FAMILY - Married to Douglas Emhoff, partner in Los Angeles law firm


Loretta Sanchez

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 56; Jan. 7, 1960; Lynnwood, California

PARTY - Democratic

EDUCATION - Economics degree from Chapman University; MBA from American University

EXPERIENCE - Ten-term congresswoman representing Orange County

FAMILY - Married to Jack Einwechter, retired Army colonel and lawyer


Tom Del Beccaro

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 54; Aug. 28, 1961; Manhasset, New York

PARTY - Republican

EXPERIENCE - Small business attorney. Chairman, California Republican Party, 2011-2013

EDUCATION - Undergraduate degree, University of California, Berkeley, 1983; law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, 1987

FAMILY - Single, adult daughter


Duf Sundheim

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 63, Dec. 11, 1952; Chicago

EDUCATION - Economics degree, Stanford University, 1975; law degree from Northwestern University, 1980

EXPERIENCE - Lawyer, mediator. Chairman, California Republican Party, 2003-2007

FAMILY - Married to Cheryl Sundheim; two adult children


Ron Unz

AGE, BIRTHDATE, BIRTHPLACE - 54, Sept. 20, 1961 Los Angeles

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree, Harvard University, magna cum laude, studied theoretical physics and classical history, 1983; Cambridge University, England, 1983-1984, Winston Churchill Foundation scholar, physics; Stanford University, doctoral study in physics, 1984-87

EXPERIENCE - 1987, founded Wall Street Analytics, Inc., a financial services software company acquired by Moody's Corp.; 2006-2013, publisher, The American Conservative magazine; 1999, ran briefly for U.S. Senate; 1998, spearheaded California proposition that dismantled state's bilingual education system; 1994, challenged Gov. Pete Wilson in Republican primary election.

FAMILY - Single