Dough Emhoff becomes the country’s first “second gentleman” after Kamala Harris’ historic election and swearing-in as vice president. She is the first African American and Asian American woman. Emhoff is the first male spouse of any vice president or president. He is credited to have played a very big role in the campaign of Joe Biden’s presidency.
Dough, at the age of 56, is an entertainment lawyer and partner in DLA Piper since 2017. According to him, he took a leave of absence after Harris joined Biden’s ticket so that he could focus on the campaign. He has handled cases involving production companies, sports Nutrition Company, and others. He graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1987 and went on to USC’s Gould School of Law where he completed his law degree in 1990.
The story of Harris and Dough started with a blind date when a client of Emhoff’s and a friend of Harris set them up in 2013 when Harris was a high-profile politician in her state. Harris and Enhoff got married in 2014 in Santa Barbara, California, a courthouse wedding, and recently celebrated their sixth anniversary. Harris in an interview, while speaking about her Husband said, “I love my husband. He is funny, he is kind, he is patient, he loves my cooking. He’s just a really great guy”. Emhoff has two children with his first wife and they used to call Harris “Momala”. According to a report, Emhoff’s first wife Kerstin Emhoff has been very supportive of Harris and also volunteered her expertise when Harris was running for the Democratic nomination. The day after Harris delivered her acceptance speech at the Democratic National convention, Emhoff made his first full public remarks to an LGBTQ Caucus virtual meeting at the convention. Emhoff also took part in events with Jewish Americans to help campaign for Biden, and he will be the first Jewish person in the role of a vice president’s spouse.