Douglas Emhoff

Douglas Emhoff
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Born (1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 55)
EducationCalifornia State University, Northridge (BA)
University of Southern California (JD)
Political partyDemocratic
m. 2014)

Douglas Emhoff (born October 13, 1964) is an American lawyer who is the husband of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Early life and education

Emhoff was born to Michael and Barbara Emhoff in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. He lived in New Jersey from 1969 to 1981, moving with his family to California when he was 17.[1][2][3] Emhoff graduated from Agoura High School, California State University, Northridge and USC Gould School of Law.[4]


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.[5] Emhoff then became managing director of Venable's West Coast offices.[6]

Emhoff joined DLA Piper as a partner in 2017, working at its Washington, D.C., and California offices.[7][8] 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.[8]

Personal life

Emhoff was married for 25 years to Kerstin Emhoff, née Mackin. They have two children, Cole and Ella.[9][3] He married Kamala Harris on August 22, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California, with Kamala's sister Maya Harris officiating.[10] As of August 2019, Emhoff and Harris had an estimated net worth of $5.8 million.[11]

Kamala Harris was a candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries before dropping out in December 2019. Emhoff appeared on the campaign trail numerous times with his wife.[2]

Harris was announced as Joe Biden's running mate for the 2020 United States presidential election on August 11, 2020, meaning Emhoff is the third man in US history to be the spouse of a vice presidential running mate, following John Zaccaro and Todd Palin.[12] If Harris is elected, Emhoff would become the first second gentleman of the United States.[13] Emhoff is set to campaign for the Biden-Harris presidential ticket along with Biden's wife Jill.[14]

Emhoff is Jewish.[15][16][8]


  1. ^ Davis, Mike (August 12, 2020). "Kamala Harris' husband, Douglas Emhoff, has 'NJ in his veins'". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Cullins, Ashley (March 29, 2019). "First Gentleman? Kamala Harris' Attorney Husband Talks 'Endlessly Fascinating' Campaign Trail". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Greene, Jenna (August 13, 2020). "Westlaw Today Signon". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  7. ^ Summers, Juana (June 8, 2019). "Harris' husband takes on growing public role in 2020 race". Associated Press. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Harris, Kamala (May 10, 2019). "Sen. Kamala Harris on Being 'Momala'". Elle. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Siders, David (August 25, 2014). "Kamala Harris married in Santa Barbara ceremony". The Sacramento Bee.
  11. ^ "The Net Worth Of Every 2020 Presidential Candidate". Forbes. August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Emmrich, Stuart (August 13, 2020). "The 9 Things We Know About Kamala Harris's Husband". Vogue. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Edelman, Adam (August 13, 2020). "The first 'second gentleman'? Meet Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff". NBC News. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  14. ^ Lalljee, Jason (August 11, 2020). "'Let's win this, together': Biden, Harris spouses gear up for campaign trail over Twitter". USA Today. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  15. ^ "Douglas Emhoff: Kamala Harris's husband and potential 'second gentleman'". BBC News. August 13, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  16. ^ Schor, Elana (August 12, 2020). "Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket". Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Anne Holton
Spouse of the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States
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