Doug Emhoff

Doug Emhoff
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Second Gentleman of the United States
Assuming office
January 20, 2021
Vice PresidentKamala Harris (elect)
SucceedingKaren Pence (Second Lady)
Personal details
Born (1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1992; div. 2008)

(m. 2014)
EducationCalifornia State University, Northridge (BA)
University of Southern California (JD)

Douglas Craig Emhoff[1] (born October 13, 1964) is an American lawyer and the husband of U.S. Senator and Vice President-elect of the United States Kamala Harris. He is set to become the first Second Gentleman of the United States and the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice president.[2]

Early life and education

Emhoff was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the son of Jewish parents, Barbara (née Kanzer) and Michael Emhoff.[3] He has a brother, Andy Emhoff, and a sister, Jamie Emhoff.[4] He lived in New Jersey from 1969 to 1981, moving with his family to California when he was 17 years old.[5][6][7][8] Emhoff graduated from Agoura High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge and a Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law in 1990.[9]


Emhoff is an entertainment litigator and began his career at Pillsbury Winthrop’s litigation group. He later moved to Belin Rawlings & Badal, a boutique firm, in the late 1990s. He opened his own firm with Ben Whitwell in 2000. The firm was acquired by Venable in 2006. His clients included Walmart and Merck.[10] Emhoff then became managing director of Venable's West Coast offices.[11]

Emhoff joined DLA Piper as a partner in 2017, working at its Washington, D.C., and California offices.[12][13] Following the announcement Kamala Harris would be Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 United States presidential election, Emhoff took a leave of absence from DLA Piper.[13] On November 10, 2020, Emhoff announced that he would quit DLA Piper prior to Inauguration Day.[14]

Personal life

Emhoff was married for 16 years to Kerstin Emhoff, née Mackin.[15] They have two children, Cole and Ella.[16][7] He married Kamala Harris on August 22, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California, with Kamala's sister Maya Harris officiating.[17] Emhoff's two children call Harris, their stepmother, "Momala."[8] As of August 2019, Emhoff and Harris had an estimated net worth of $5.8 million.[18]

Second Gentleman-designate of the United States

Kamala Harris was a candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries before dropping out in December 2019.[6] Harris was announced as Joe Biden's running mate for the 2020 United States presidential election on August 11, 2020, making Emhoff the third man in U.S. history to be the spouse of a vice presidential running mate of a major political party, following John Zaccaro and Todd Palin.[19] When Harris assumes office, Emhoff will become the first Second Gentleman of the United States.[20] He will also be the first Jewish spouse of a U.S. vice president.[21][22][23][13]

In his role as second gentleman, Emhoff will focus on equal access to justice and legal representation.[24]


  1. ^ California Bar recordsaccessed 11/10/20
  2. ^ Deliso, Meredith (November 7, 2020). "Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' husband Doug Emhoff set to become 1st second gentleman". ABC News. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  3. ^ NYC Marriage Index Public Recordaccessed 11/11/2020
  4. ^ Goldstein, Jessica M. (October 5, 2020). "Doug Emhoff Is the Good Husband". Marie Claire.
  5. ^ Davis, Mike (August 12, 2020). "Kamala Harris' husband, Douglas Emhoff, has 'NJ in his veins'". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Reston, Maeve (June 3, 2019). "What to know about Douglas Emhoff, Kamala Harris' husband, after that onstage protester moment". CNN. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Friedman, Gabe (August 11, 2020). "Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's VP pick - here's what Jewish voters should know". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Get to Know Kamala Harris' Husband Doug Emhoff, America's First 'Second Gentleman'". Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Cullins, Ashley (March 29, 2019). "First Gentleman? Kamala Harris' Attorney Husband Talks 'Endlessly Fascinating' Campaign Trail". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Saul, Stephanie (August 17, 2020). "Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris's husband, takes a leave of absence from his law firm". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Greene, Jenna (August 13, 2020). "Westlaw Today Signon". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Summers, Juana (June 8, 2019). "Harris' husband takes on growing public role in 2020 race". Associated Press. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Bonos, Lisa (August 19, 2020). "The story of Kamala and Doug, a match made in Hollywood (literally)". Washington Post. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  14. ^ "The Latest: Biden speaks to leaders of European allies". AP NEWS. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  15. ^ Goldstein, Jessica M. (October 5, 2020). "Doug Emhoff Is the Good Husband". Marie Claire. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  16. ^ Harris, Kamala (May 10, 2019). "Sen. Kamala Harris on Being 'Momala'". Elle. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  17. ^ Siders, David (August 25, 2014). "Kamala Harris married in Santa Barbara ceremony". The Sacramento Bee.
  18. ^ "The Net Worth Of Every 2020 Presidential Candidate". Forbes. August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Emmrich, Stuart (August 13, 2020). "The 9 Things We Know About Kamala Harris's Husband". Vogue. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  20. ^ Edelman, Adam (August 13, 2020). "The first 'second gentleman'? Meet Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff". NBC News. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  21. ^ Kisken, Tom (August 26, 2020). "Agoura High alumnus could become nation's first 'second gentleman'". Ventura County Star. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  22. ^ "Douglas Emhoff: Kamala Harris's husband and potential 'second gentleman'". BBC News. August 13, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  23. ^ Schor, Elana (August 12, 2020). "Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket". Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  24. ^ Deliso, Meredith. "Doug Emhoff set to become 1st second gentleman". Good Morning America. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Anne Holton
Spouse of the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States
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