After a nail-biting 2020 presidential race, Kamala Harris is the vice president to President Joe Biden. And while Harris will make history as the first female (and first Black and first South Asian) U.S. vice president (!!!), her husband, Douglas Emhoff, will be by her side through it all.
Emhoff is the Second Man of the United States—a first of its kind. But who is Emhoff, you ask? Below, we list nine things you must know about Harris's husband.
He's a lawyer.
Emhoff has been a partner at DLA Piper since 2017, although he has over 25 years of experience in the field. He graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1990 and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation for multiple years.
He has two children from a previous marriage.
Before meeting Senator Harris, Emhoff had a son, Cole, and daughter, Ella, from a previous marriage. Emhoff's adult children actually call their step-mom "Momala," per Elle.
He is a philanthropist.
A report from the L.A. Times last year alleges that Emhoff and Harris had between $1.5 million and $4 million in combined assets in 2015. But their released tax returns from that year also revealed the couple donated $32,947 to charity, with $10,000 of that going to UNICEF alone.
He met his future wife on a blind date in 2013.
During an interview on CBS Sunday Morning ahead of Biden and Harris's inauguration, the vice president revealed that she googled Emhoff ahead of their blind first date, per Huffington Post. She recalled, "So, yes, my best friend set us up on a blind date. And she said, ‘Just trust me. Just trust me.’ You know, she wanted me to just kind of go into it, and she said, ‘Don’t Google him.’ I did!”
He married Vice President Harris in 2014.
After meeting on a blind date, Emhoff and the senator wed during a courthouse ceremony on August 22, 2014. The wedding came five months after the lawyer proposed to Harris in March of that year!
He escorted a protester off-stage during one of his wife's appearances.
This moment is proof that he'll always have his wife's back. When a protester interrupted Harris's panel at the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum in 2019, Emhoff was one of the few audience members to promptly remove the man from the stage.
He took the bar exam in Washington, D.C. in 2019.
Before Harris ended her presidential campaign in December 2019, Emhoff took the bar in Washington, D.C. in preparation for a potential move to the nation's capital.
His friends have started calling him “The Second Dude.”
During a CNN interview with Harris and President Biden, Harris jokingly shared that Emhoff’s friends have been calling him “the second dude,” though that’s not how she’ll be referring to him. She’ll be sticking to the very traditional “honey.”
He will teach law at Georgetown University.
While his wife serves as vice president of the United States, Emhoff will teach entertainment law at the Georgetown University Law Center. His first course will be “Entertainment Law Disputes” during the spring 2021 semester.