Kamala Harris has just made history becoming the first woman, first Black and first South Asian Vice President in US history. By her side, her husband Doug Emhoff has also made history, becoming America’s first second gentleman.
Earlier this week, he tweeted about his new role:
“I have a growing sense of responsibility. But I know we wouldn’t be here without the support of so many — family, friends, and beyond. Thank you for being in our corner as we take on this next chapter.”
Emhoff, a successful entertainment lawyer, married Harris in 2014 when she was serving as the attorney general of California. Harris is the stepmother to Emhoff’s two adult children, Cole and Ella, who affectionately call her “Momala.”
Emoff’s support of Harris throughout her career has been notable, especially during Harris’ run for President.
He is also the first Jewish person married to a President or Vice President.
The 56-year-old was often seen on the campaign trail with his wife, and just as her supporters proudly declared themselves part of the #KHive, Emhoff has his own #DougHive fans on social media.
Emhoff was born in Brooklyn, New York, his father was a women’s shoe designer who moved the family from New Jersey to Los Angeles when Emhoff was in high school. He went on to attend law school at the University of Southern California and worked as an entertainment lawyer for roughly 30 years. Most recently, he was a partner with the firm DLA Piper but took a leave of absence to focus on the campaign.
Emhoff was previously married to Kerstin Emhoff, and the two have two children.
Years after their divorce, Emhoff was set up on a blind date by filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, a client, with then California Attorney General Harris.
“We went on a blind date, and we’ve been together ever since,” Emhoff said during a conversation with Chasten Buttigieg.