Kamala Harris's husband, Doug Emhoff, will be the country's first 'second gentleman'

Following the historic election of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the first African-American and Asian-American woman to play another historic role for her husband, Doug Emhoff. When Harris was sworn in’ as vice president in January, he would be the country's first "second gentleman."


Kamala Harris's husband, Doug Emhoff, will be the country's first 'second gentleman'

Emhoff will be the first male spouse of any vice president or president, and he played a key role in Biden's presidential campaign.


Here's what to look for and tactics to help ease the way.

Emhoff is an entertainment lawyer

Emhoff, 56, has been a partner with entertainment lawyer and firm DLA Piper since 2017. After Harris joined Biden's ticket, he took a leave of absence to focus on the campaign.


According to the firm, he has handled matters related to production companies, a former NFL athlete and a sports nutrition company.


The case in which he is best known is his successful defense of an advertising agency in a Taco Bell Chihuahua rights dispute that involved advertising for "U Curio Taco Bell."


Born in Brooklyn, New York, he moved with his family from New Jersey to Southern California as a teenager. He graduated from California State University in Northridge in 1987 and attended the USC Gold School of Law, where he earned a law degree in 1990.


He said during the "Biden for Lawyers" program that he would focus on "access to justice" as an issue while he is another gentleman. He recalled being shocked when a young lawyer was on his way to the Superior Court of Los Angeles, through all the people who were in need of legal help.


How did he and Harris meet?

The story of how Harris met her husband, a former attorney general and later a senator from California begins with a blind date. He was a client of Emhoff and a friend of Harris who founded them in 2013 when Harris was a high-ranking politician in his state.


Before their date, Emhoff called and left a long voicemail that Harris replayed on his birthday.


"We've been together ever since," Emhoff said in a YouTube conversation with former Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg spouse, Chasten Buttigieg.


Harris and Emhoff were married in 2014 in Santa Barbara, California, at Court House, and celebrated their sixth birthday in the heat of the moment.


He tweeted early last year, "We met, went crazy in love (still are), got married and have been living happily ever after.


"I love my husband. He's funny, he's gentle, he's patient, he loves my cooking. He's a really nice guy." Harris said in an interview last year.


She has two adult children

Emhoff has two children with his first wife, Kirsten Emhoff, a film producer, Cole and Ella. Both children are named’ after jazz legends John Coulter and Ella Fitzgerald.


Cole, 26, and Ella, 21, call their stepmother "Momala."


Introducing Harris at the Democratic National Convention, Ella said in a video, "For me and my brother, you will always be the 'greatest stepmother in the world.'" You are a rock, not just our father. For three generations of our large, mixed family. "


She told Marie Claire that Amp's first wife, Kirsten, had been a supporter of Harris from the beginning, and even volunteered her skills when Harris was running for the Democratic nomination.


"We're friends," Harris said of his relationship with Kirsten Emhoff. "We have a very modern family."


How Emhoff participated in the election campaign

Emhoff and Jill Biden were prominent figures in the campaign who traveled to key states. When the candidates themselves could not be together in all the states on the battlefield, their spouses would step up to their stumps.


The day after Harris' acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Emhoff made his first full public remarks at the convention's LGBTQ Cox Virtual Meeting. Shortly afterward, Emhoff was headlining a fundraiser with James Taylor and fundraisers and events continued at a steady pace.


Emhoff also took part in events involving Jewish Americans to help Biden's campaign, and he will be the first Jewish person to play the vice-presidential spouse.


Emhoff has been on social media in support of his wife, from his presidential bid to his and Biden's victory.


"As usual, I've found you," he said in a viral tweet shortly after suspending his initial campaign.


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