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08 November 2020 16:35

Jonathan Sacks Chief Rabbi Rabbi

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' husband Doug Emhoff set to become 1st second gentleman

When Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and first Black U.S. Vice President, her husband Doug Emhoff will break his own new ground: as the original "second husband." Ms. Harris and Mr. Emhoff, who married in 2014 — she for the first time, he for the second — will also be the first mixed-race couple to occupy their positions. Mr. Emhoff, who was credited as a "secret weapon" on the campaign trail for his wife — even earning his own following on social media —is an accomplished lawyer specialising in media, sports and entertainment law. The Jewish publication Forward embraced him as the "Second Mensch." When its reporter asked Mr. Emhoff's mother Barbara about his religious upbringing, she was coy, but offered: "He was bar mitzvahed in New Jersey, I can tell you that." Kamala Harris with Doug Emhoff, Cole and Ella. When Mr. Emhoff met Ms. Harris on a blind date arranged by friends, it was "love at first sight," he later said. THE FIRST second gentleman is proud of his wife, vice-president-elect Kamala Harris.

In a tweet Saturday celebrating his wife's and her running mate's Joe Biden win in the presidential election, Doug Emhoff posted a photo of him hugging Harris and writing "so proud of you." 4 Doug Emhoff tweeted "so proud of you" after Kamala Harris secured her spot at the vice-president-elect Credit: Twitter 4 The two have made history with Harris being the first woman and Black vice president and Emhoff being the first second gentleman Credit: AP:Associated Press Both he and Harris have made U.S. history, not only being the first woman vice president - and Emhoff becoming the nation's first second gentleman - but also being the first Black vice president. 4 Harris and Biden secured their place in history through a number of tweet Saturday Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4 Harris was seen on Twitter telling Joe Biden "we did it" Credit: AP:Associated Press Most read in News LONG SHOT Trump golfs AGAIN as sons tell him DON'T concede defeat & demand 'manual recount' SPITE HOUSE Trump 'WON'T attend Biden inauguration' as White House staff seek to calm him BARRED Mary Trump says Donald 'can't run for president in 2024 because he'll be in prison' HAGAR THE HELP Piers Morgan shares cartoon that helped Biden survive two family tragedies 'BAD NEIGHBOR' Mia Khalifa trolls Trump in cheeky video asking 'for sugar' at White House JOE TIME! In a Saturday phone call filmed and posted to Twitter, Harris called the president-elect and said "We did it Joe." By Saturday afternoon, she and Biden had changed their Twitter bios to include vice-president and president-elect respectively. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' husband Doug Emhoff set to become 1st second gentleman Doug Emhoff and Kamala Harris married after meeting on a blind date. Kamala Harris isn't the only one who made history in the 2020 election--her husband has, too.

With Harris set to become the vice president, Doug Emhoff is set to become the United States' first second gentleman in the White House. After Joe Biden became the president-elect, based on ABC News analysis, Emhoff reacted on Twitter by posting a photo of him and Harris embracing along with the words, "So proud of you." Emhoff has said if he becomes the first second gentleman he will focus on issues involving access to justice, which he became interested in as a young lawyer. Emhoff is a partner at a Los Angeles entertainment law firm, DLA Piper, but took a leave of absence in late August after Harris was selected to be Biden's running mate. I'm now on leave from my firm so I can work full time with everyone else to help Joe and Kamala win," he said at a campaign event in September. Emhoff was also in the spotlight when he ran on stage during a forum in 2019 with Harris to help come between the California senator and a protester.

Harris and Emhoff, both 56, married in 2014 after being set up on a blind date by a friend the previous year when Harris was California's attorney general. Emhoff has two adult children, Cole and Ella, from a previous marriage, who call Harris "Momala." Harris has referred to the clan as a "modern family." As for her own history-making bid, Harris, whose mother was Indian and father is Jamaican, is set to become the first female vice president and woman of color in the vice presidency. Kamala Harris' projected election as vice president means a lot of firsts for the California senator. And her husband, Doug Emhoff, will be America's first-ever second gentleman. RELATED: Kamala Harris makes history as nation's 1st Black and female VP-elect Emhoff congratulated his newly elected wife on social media Saturday after Joe Biden was projected as the winner of the presidential race by FOX News and the Associated Press, posting an image on Twitter of their celebratory hug.

"Doug, you're gonna have to learn what it means to be a barrier breaker yourself in this job," former Vice President and new President-elect Biden said when addressing the nation Wednesday night before the race was called. California Senator Kamala Harris waves next to her husband Douglas Emhoff (L) during a rally launching her presidential campaign on January 27, 2019 in Oakland, California. RELATED: Reactions to Biden tapping Kamala Harris as running mate Emhoff said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in March that he planned to continue working for his law firm, which also has offices in Washington, D.C.