With Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ historic election as the first African American and Asian American woman in her position comes another historic role for her husband, Doug Emhoff. He’ll be the country’s first “second gentleman” when Harris is sworn in as vice president in January.
Emhoff will be the first male spouse of any vice president or president, and he played a big role in the campaign for Joe Biden’s presidency.
Here’s what to know about Emhoff:
Emhoff is an entertainment lawyer
Emhoff, 56, is an entertainment lawyer and partner with the firm DLA Piper since 2017. He took a leave of absence after Harris joined Biden’s ticket so that he could focus on the campaign, he said.
He’s handled cases involving production companies, a former NFL athlete and a sports nutrition company, among others, according to the firm.
The case he may be most noted for is his successful defense of an advertising agency in a dispute over the rights to the Taco Bell chihuahua that starred in the “Yo Quiero Taco Bell” ads.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he moved with his family to Southern California from New Jersey as a teenager. He graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1987 and went on to USC’s Gould School of Law where he got his law degree in 1990.
He said during a “Lawyers for Biden” event that he would focus on “access to justice” as an issue while he’s second gentleman. He recalled being shocked, as a young lawyer going to Los Angeles’ Superior Court, by all the people lining the halls in need of legal help.
How he and Harris met
The story of how Harris, the former attorney general and later senator from California, met her husband begins with a blind date. It was a client of Emhoff’s and a friend of Harris’ that set them up in 2013, when Harris was a high-profile politician in her state.
Ahead of their date, Emhoff called and left a long voicemail that Harris replays to him on their anniversaries.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jeanine Santucci