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When California Sen. Kamala Harris breaks down one of the tallest glass ceilings with her historic election as vice president, her husband is breaking his own barriers.
Doug Emhoff will not only become the first “second gentleman” but also the first Jew to marry a president or vice president.
Emhoff, 56, is often seen in the campaign with his wife and just as her supporters proudly declare herself part of #KHive, Emhoff has her own #DougHive fans on Social Network.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Emhoff’s father was a women’s shoe designer who moved his family from New Jersey to Los Angeles while Emhoff was in high school.
Emhoff went on to attend law school at the University of Southern California and worked as an entertainment lawyer for about 30 years. Most recently, he was a partner of DLA Piper label but took leave to focus on campaign.
Emhoff was previously married to Kerstin Emhoff and the two have two children.
Years after the divorce, Emhoff was arranged by filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, a client, on a secret date with then-Harris Attorney General.
“We’ve been blindly dating, and we’ve been together ever since,” Emhoff said in a chat with Chasten Buttigieg this summer.
Harris and Emhoff married in 2014.
Kamala dearest: this is for us, our family, our friends and our beautiful life together. Will not change a thing. Happy Anniversary! Love, D. pic.twitter.com/7SDRA9Efuk
– Doug Emhoff (@DouglasEmhoff) August 22, 2020
After the marriage, Harris had two more children, Cole and Ella, who called her Momala.
“I was attracted to Doug, but I believe it was Cole and Ella that made me fall in love,” Harris writes in She in 2019.
“One of the keys to my relationship with Cole and Ella is their mother. We are friends,” Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash this summer. “We have a very modern family.”
It is still unclear what role Emhoff will play for himself after Harris assumes the position.