A file photo of the elected Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff. | Photo: Kim Raff / Bloomberg
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New Delhi: California Senator Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, made history as the first female vice president elected on Saturday. But also her husband Douglas Emhoff, a The 56-year-old Jewish entertainment attorney who is about to become the first “second gentleman” in the United States.
In the United States, the spouses of the president and vice president have long been women known as first lady and second lady, respectively.
On Wednesday, US President-elect Joe Biden recognized Emhoff’s unique position as “Barrier breakerBefore the American news channels called the election race.
When asked what it would be like to be the first second gentleman in an interview last month, he asked had said“I think it would be an incredible honor … I will hopefully work on things like access to justice and access to opportunity and access to the American dream.”
Speaking to ThePrint Monday, Harris’s uncle G. Balachandran said he met Emhoff about four years ago during the ceremonial swearing-in of his niece as a senator in California.
“Forget the second gentleman, he was a gentleman himself back then and considerate of others. When Shyamala [Harris’ mother] was alive, she would have liked him very much, ”said Balachandran.
Harris and Emhoff are in particularly unique positions. But before them there was Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic vice presidential nominee, and Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, trying to challenge gendered White House-related titles.
According to Joel K. GoldsteinEmhoff’s position, a vice-presidential scholar, “sends a message to young boys that this is a different world from what their fathers and grandfathers grew up in.”
Working on the Biden Harris campaign, social media star
Harris has been married since 2014 and has recognized her husband in many acceptance speeches, including when she was nominated Joe Biden’s runner-up in August and was Vice-President-Elect Saturday. During the former she had said“Family is my husband, Doug, who I met on a blind date set up by my best friend.”
In August, Emhoff left his law firm DLA Piper to join Harris’s campaign. He developed one Friendship en route with the wife of Joe Biden and future first lady Jill Biden. His parents, Mike and Barb, also appeared in the campaign.
Strategic advisor to the Biden campaign Greg Schultz said Because of Emhoff’s “Midwestern Street Cred”, he was sent to “hard places” that are traditionally not democratic strongholds.
From the time of Harris dropped from the Democratic Presidential Candidate Race to her Will The elected Vice President Emhoff has actively supported his wife on social media. He also has a fan base that is “#DougHive”.
While often on the sidelines, the attorney’s husband also made waves online when a Video of him, who danced Pride in San Francisco in 2019, went viral. He was famous in June of that year hurried in Harris’ defense when a protester jumped on stage and took the microphone from her hand at a forum where she was speaking.
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Emhoff was born 1964 in Brooklyn before his father, a shoe designer for women, moved the family to New Jersey and later to Los Angeles.
A graduate of California State University in Northridge and the Gould School of Law of the University of Southern California, he worked as a litigation attorney in various companies and handled cases with the mascot Taco Bell. a former National Football League athlete and other.
He opened his own law firm with former legal partner Aaron Jacoby in 2000 before being acquired by Venable in 2006.
Known as one of “California’s lawyer for several decades“, one CNN broadcast once noted The The millionaire lawyer raised Harris’ “civil servant salary” to one percent when he married her in 2014.
Marriage to Kamala & previous divorce
Emhoff proposed Harris in 2014, a year after the two met, and the wedding ceremony was led by Harris’ sister Maya.
“Being with Kamala Harris opened my eyes to so many things that I hadn’t seen before,” he said said in an interview last month in the battlefield state of Michigan.
Emhoff has two grown children from his previous marriage to the film producer Kerstin Emhoff – Cole and Ella called based on jazz legends John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. Harris’ stepchildren call her “momala” rather than “stepmother”, a term she referred to as Biden’s runner-up in her first speech. you said While “Vice President” would be a great title, “Momala” will always be the one who means the most “.
Although Emhoff’s first marriage was divorced, the couple “remains incredibly close,” he has said.
When Harris was asked what it was like to get into Emhoff’s life when his children were teenagers, she drew on her own experiences as a child of divorce and spoken about her friendship with Emhoff’s first wife.
In her memoir The truths that we hold, the elected vice president noticed“We sometimes joke that our modern family is almost a little too functional.”
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