Kamala Harris' Husband Is Her Biggest Cheerleader, And It's Adorable

Jennifer Nied
·4 mins read
Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images
Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images

From Women's Health

As soon as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate, she was all anyone could talk about. Her nomination as the first Black woman and Asian American woman to run for VP of a major political party is historic and the job ahead is big, so there is a lot to say as the election approaches.

If she's elected, Harris' husband Douglas Emhoff is also set to become the country's first Second Gentleman. He's an entertainment lawyer and has been supporting her political career along the way.

Emhoff will surely be by her side cheering her on as campaigning heats up and at the debate. This Wednesday, October 7, at 9 p.m. EST, she will meet current Vice President Mike Pence for the first vice presidential debate. (They will be separated by plexiglass shields for safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.)

So, it's time to get to know Harris' husband and their sweet love story.

Douglas Emhoff is a partner at the law firm DLA Piper.

He has 25 years of experience in law and specializes in media, sports, and entertainment, according to his LinkedIn profile.

"He maintains a very visible public presence in California and DC. Doug is known for tackling and resolving the toughest problems—whether by aggressively litigating high-stakes cases in the public glare or acting as a trusted advisor behind the scenes," his bio reads.

Emhoff previously worked for Venable LLP, Whitwell Jacoby Emhoff LLP, Belin Rawlings & Badal, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

He earned his law degree from USC.

Emhoff graduated from the Gould School of Law in 1990. He majored in Communication and Media Studies at California State University-Northridge.

He knew he wanted to be an attorney since he was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY, per The Hollywood Reporter.

He met Harris on a blind date.

Harris and her husband were set up by one of her close friends, PR consultant Chrisette Hudlin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They dated for about a year before he popped the question in her apartment, per The San Francisco Chronicle. On March 27, 2014, he got down on one knee, and Harris said yes to his diamond and platinum engagement ring.

They married in a courthouse ceremony in Santa Barbara on Aug. 22, 2014. Harris and Emhoff wrote their own vows, The San Francisco Chronicle reported, and their first dance was to Corinne Bailey Rae's "Like a Star." They didn't jet off on a honeymoon.

For more romantic anecdotes, check out Harris' book The Truths We Hold.

Emhoff has two children from his previous marriage.

When he and Harris married, she become "Momala" to Ella and Cole. Harris and Emhoff's ex-wife Kerstin "are dear friends," according to her essay for Elle. She added, "our modern family is almost a little too functional."

Kerstin later opened up in a profile in Marie Claire about Harris' relationship. When she learned her ex-husband, Doug, was dating her, she remembers, "I just thought, 'Wow, that’s cool. Don’t mess this up!'" Kerstin also volunteered her services to Harris' presidential bid before it ended in 2019.

During an interview with Dana Bash, Harris also shared that Kerstin was "key" to her relationship with Cole and Ella. "One of the keys to my relationship with Cole and Ella is their mom," she said. "We are friends... The thing about blended families—if everyone approaches it in the way that there's plenty of love to share, then it works."

He is Harris' biggest cheerleader.

He tweets adoringly about his wife—a lot. She also earned a spot in his Twitter bio, which reads: "dad, @kamalaharris hubby, lawyer, wannabe golfer, advocate for justice and equality."

If she makes a point on Capitol Hill, you better believe Emhoff is tweeting out a clip.

He represented her in campaign events in 2019 and is keeping up the trend with her new nomination.

It’s no surprise, Harris says he’s “a really great guy.”

"I love my husband," Harris told NowThis. "He is funny. He is kind. He is patient. He loves my cooking. He's just a really great guy."

She also describes him as "incredibly smart," and "he has the best sense of humor," per The San Francisco Chronicle.

He’s one week older than Harris.

Emhoff turns 56 on Oct. 13, 2020 and Harris on Oct. 20. His birthday and special occasion tributes are absolutely adorable on Instagram. (Cue the awww!)

Alongside photos, he adds the sweetest captions: "@kamalaharris you are my one and only! Happy VDay ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️."

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