Doug Emhoff Launches a New Twitter Account, Confirming He Will Use the Title Second Gentleman

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From Town & Country

What do you call the husband of the first woman Vice President in U.S. history? It seems we finally have an answer. With a new Twitter account, Doug Emhoff confirms that he will go by the title "Second Gentleman"—though to many, he'll still be "Second Mensch."

President-elect Joe Biden shared the news of Emhoff's new social media handle with a post from his own account, @PresElectBiden, which will become @POTUS after he takes the oath of office on January 20.

Emhoff has yet to post on his new account, though perhaps he too is waiting to officially assume the title before he takes on the internet persona. That said, he or his team has already set up a profile, with a bio that reads: "Future Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff. Devoted dad. Proud husband to Vice President-elect Harris." At this point, it's unclear if Emhoff will continue to also post to his personal social media accounts, including @DouglasEmhoff on Twitter.

As Emhoff is breaking new ground as the nation's first Second Gentleman, it's hard to predict exactly how he will shape the role, but he has left his job at a law firm to focus on supporting his wife and Biden administration. In recent administrations the spouses of the Vice President have turned their attention toward a specific issue. Karen Pence focused on art therapy; Jill Biden's work often centered around military families. Emhoff has yet to officially declare a particular initiative, but he has shared that he'd like to work on issues pertaining to "access to justice."

“This concept of access to justice is something that I want to bring to the fore in that role. But I’ll also add, look at where we are right now. It's gonna be a lot of work for President Biden, Vice President Harris, First Lady Jill Biden and whatever-my-title-will-be Douglas Emhoff," he said ahead of the 2020 election per Politico.

"We're gonna have to reestablish trust in government from the American people after four years of lies and gaslighting and incompetence. The American people deserve better. And I'm going to do everything I can with Joe and Kamala and Jill, to help restore that trust both here domestically, and with our friends around the world. So I'm committed to doing that as well.”

Emhoff will also teach a class at Georgetown Law, one of the largest law schools in the country. “I’ve long wanted to teach and serve the next generation of young lawyers,” Emhoff said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the Georgetown community.”

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