This piece was updated on January 21 when Sen. Harris announced she was running for president.
After California Sen. Kamala Harris officially announced her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day— it's natural to have some questions about this potential candidate.
First off: what's her background? What committees does she sit on? How does she feel about the current record-setting government shutdown? (We've got your answers here, if you're curious.) But aside from all of that, like us, you might be wondering about more personal details, like: Who is Kamala Harris' husband?
Well, for starters, his name is Douglas Emhoff. While this information is far less important than Harris' leadership plans for our country, it is important to consider that the partner to the potential first Black and South Asian-American female president could eventually become the first "First Man" of the United States—FMOTUS, if you will. (Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?)
With that in mind, we found out a few fun facts about Emhoff.
He's a lawyer.
Born in Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of University of Southern California's law school, Emhoff describes himself on his Twitter account as "a dad, @kamalaharris hubby/stan, lawyer, wannabe golfe #KHive, #DougHive." He's currently a litigator and partner at DLA Piper Law Firm, where he works out of both their California and D.C. offices with a specialty in entertainment and intellectual property law.
"With all this other stuff that's happening in my life right now, it's great to have [my practice,] because it's something that I love and I'm good at," Emhoff told The Hollywood Reporter in March.
According to the firm's site, his accomplishments include "representing the rights holders of a famous animated character in copyright and trademark disputes," and the defense of a "prominent former NFL and Olympic athlete in a civil action brought by the SEC."
He has two children.
Happy Birthday @KamalaHarris! You are always there for us with a big hug, bright smile, infectious laugh and just the right words, all with delicious food and an amazing soundtrack! We love you so so much (and are VERY proud of you)! Doug, Cole & Ella. pic.twitter.com/7evystcTz1— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) October 20, 2018
The 54-year-old—who was born just seven days before his wife, on October 13—has two kids with his ex-wife Kerstin. According to a March 2018 Vogue article about Harris, his son Cole is a graduate of Colorado College, while younger daughter Ella studies at Parsons School of Design. The two affectionately call their stepmother "Momala" and according to THR, she wore Converse and brought cookies when she first met them.
In an article for Elle, Harris wrote that she and Kerstin "are dear friends" and said that "our modern family is almost a little too functional." The presidential candidate continued on to open up about what her family means to her.
They are my endless source of love and pure joy. I am so thankful to Doug, to Kerstin, and most of all, to Ella and Cole. And as our family embarks together on this new journey—one that has taken me to South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, and Michigan in the last few weeks alone—I can say one thing with certainty, my heart wouldn’t be whole, nor my life full, without them.
He and Kamala Harris met on a blind date.
The two were set up by one of the senator's close friends, PR consultant Chrisette Hudlin, according to THR. After nearly a year of dating, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that they were engaged on March 27, 2014. The proposal was intimate and low key, with Emhoff getting down on one knee at Haris's California apartment and presenting her with a diamond and platinum engagement ring.
Kamala and Doug had a courthouse wedding.
Since the politician had said she did not believe in long engagements, they were married a little over four months after their engagement in a private ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, according to The Chronicle. They wrote their own vows, and to recognize Emhoff's faith, the two honored a time-tested Jewish tradition and broke a glass. It was also a family affair with her niece reading the poem, "Touched by an Angel" by Maya Angelou and Harris' sister, Maya Harris West, acting as officiant.
This August 22 will mark their five-year wedding anniversary. "Happy anniversary to the man who always knows how to make me laugh," she said in a celebratory Instagram post last year. "Love you."
He helped escort a protestor off-stage during one of Harris' appearances.
On June 1 as Harris was on stage speaking at the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum, an animal rights activist rushed the stage, snatching away the senator's microphone in an effort to speak to the crowd. Harris was fine, and quickly walked off the stage. But along with a handful of others, Emhoff was quick to react, jumping up onto the platform to help drag the protester away. You can catch the intense moment above.
But all was well, as he later tweeted that day, "Thx for all the kind notes. We are good. I love @KamalaHarris and would do anything for her."
He has a few fun hobbies.
According to Vogue, as noted in his Twitter bio, Emhoff loves to golf and play fantasy football. He even had a team named Nirvana after the 90s grunge band. Oh, and we have to mention his seriously impressive "dad dance moves" that he showed off while accompanying his wife at San Francisco Pride 2019.
If I can do these dad moves with my dad bod, then hopefully you all can help @KamalaHarris finish 2Q fundraising as strong as possible! Please go to: https://t.co/S48NtNfFyW thx!🏳️🌈❤️ https://t.co/IwOFj1UbRe— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) June 30, 2019
"If I can do these dad moves with my dad bod, then hopefully you all can help @KamalaHarris finish 2Q fundraising as strong as possible! Please go to: (link: http://kamalaharris.org) kamalaharris.org thx!" he tweeted.
But in addition to his pastimes, he's known to help out his wife—whose favorite thing to do with her leisure time is cook. "I've gotten pretty handy in the kitchen as her sous-chef," he told the magazine. Point proven by Harris' adorable caption in the Instagram post featured above.
Emhoff has his own social media hashtag.
As his popularity grows on the campaign trail and he continues his fervent support of Harris online (we get into that next) Emhoff has earned himself a mini fan club on Twitter called the #DougHive. If you explore the hashtag for yourself, you'll see and handful of encouraging messages for the entertainment lawyer.
He is more than ready to support Harris as our first "First Man."
If his Twitter account is any indication, the lawyer is the ultimate hype-man we all deserve in a partner. Ninety-percent of his tweets are related to Harris, from promoting her new book:
Kamala seeing her book in the airport bookstore for the first time. On to LA... pic.twitter.com/dGhDvNZfV9— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) January 13, 2019
...to spotting her on T.V.
He also rocks her campaign swag...
...and captures her on the campaign trail.
To, of course, responding to his wife's announcement that she's entering the 2020 race.
Go Time. See you all in Oakland on 1/27! In It To Win It! https://t.co/uKSzSemCZy— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) January 21, 2019
Now that's relationship goals. If his social media feed is any indication, Emhoff is ready to support his lady as she paves her own way in politics. Since Harris has confirmed her presidential bid, there's no doubt we can look forward to watching him cheer her on. And in case you needed any more proof of his dedication, we leave you with this tweet from Emhoff.
Can confirm: We met, fell madly in love (still are), got married and continue to live very happily ever after. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GxTIaciTAZ— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) February 11, 2019
"Can confirm: We met, fell madly in love (still are), got married and continue to live very happily ever after."
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