Kamala Harris is making history as the first woman of color to be named as a vice presidential running mate (per The Guardian). While people may know a lot about the California senator’s professional life, less well known is her private life. If Joe Biden becomes president, Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, will be the first ever male “Second Lady” of the United States. Is he up to the challenge?
While Emhoff isn’t a politician like his wife, he does have a law degree. According to his bio at global law firm DLA Piper, where he is a partner, Harris’ husband “is a highly experienced litigator and strategic advisor” who “represents large domestic and international corporations and some of today’s highest profile individuals and influencers in complex business, real estate and intellectual property litigation disputes.”
As Emhoff is licensed to practice law in both California and Washington D.C., he’ll have no problem moving across the country if his wife becomes vice president.
Kamala Harris and Douglas Emhoff met on a blind date
How did Harris and Emhoff meet? As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the couple were set up by PR consultant Chrisette Hudlin in 2013.
The couple were married the following year. SFGate reported that the ceremony was lowkey, and took place in a Santa Barbara courthouse. Harris’ sister, Maya Harris, presided over the nuptials. Her niece, Meena Harris, read a poem by Maya Angelou.
While Harris and her husband don’t have children together, Emhoff has two children from a previous relationship, Cole and Ella. Harris is a devoted stepmother to Cole and Ella, who call her “Momala.” In a piece for Elle in honor of Mother’s Day in 2019, Harris wrote about her relationship with her stepchildren. “They are my endless source of love and pure joy,” she wrote. Harris added, “I can say one thing with certainty, my heart wouldn’t be whole, nor my life full, without them.”
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