Doug Emhoff: Kamala’s husband to make history outside politics...

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Doug Emhoff: Kamala’s husband to make history outside politics

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:40 PM, 22 August 2020   Updated: 03:35 PM, 8 September 2020

Photo: Collected

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Kamala Harris, the first Afro-American politician has gained the major party’s ticket for the second-highest post in the upcoming US election. The history-making figure is also representing the Indian blood-strain in US politics. Besides the shining brown-star Kamala Harris, her husband Douglas Emhoff, a professional lawyer, wannabe golfer, advocate for justice and equality simultaneously, is going to make another history in the country’s politics that, he will be the first Second Gentleman if the Biden-Harris pair win the election scheduled in November.

It is learned the partner of 55 years old first color Whitehouse nominee is a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer who is also 55 years old.  The interesting matter is that the duo is celebrating the sixth anniversary of their marriage on Saturday.

Emhoff, who lives in Brentwood, has seen his national profile swell, complete with his own fan club, the #DougHive — women who are thrilled by the novelty of a man comfortably taking a back seat in politics. He has more than 250,000 followers on Twitter, where he identifies himself as: “Dad, @KamalaHarris hubby, lawyer, wannabe golfer, advocate for justice and equality.” His posts sometimes addressed to the #KHive, can tend toward the goofy.

For much of last year, his cellphone sported a sticker that read: “A Woman’s Place is in the White House.”

“He’s been 100% in his wife’s corner and supporting her any way he can,” attorney Matthew Johnson, one of Emhoff’s closest friends, said in an interview. Since meeting Harris seven years ago, Johnson said, Emhoff has been “smitten.”

Harris’ and Emhoff’s romance feels scripted by Hollywood. In some ways, it was.

How they got found each other

Emhoff had been practicing law for two decades though he was born in Brooklyn, he moved to California as a teen (he has an older sister and a younger brother) and accumulated strong Southern California bona fides: After attending Agoura High School and Cal State Northridge, he graduated from USC Law School.

Seven years ago in 2013, Emhoff was a divorced father of two, managing a respected Century City law firm, Venable, with more than 60 attorneys, when Eminent filmmaker Reginald Hudlin and his PR executive wife, Chrisette Hudlin, met with Emhoff at Venable’s offices where they went with a complex legal issue.

“He impressed us with his ability to see the big picture and resolve conflict,” Chrisette Hudlin said in an email to The Times.

Hudlin then took a leap of faith. She gave Emhoff the cellphone number of her best friend, Harris, who was then California‘s attorney general. In her book, “The Truths We Hold,” Harris recounted the episode: “I was in the middle of a meeting, and my phone wouldn’t stop buzzing.” Harris wrote that after ignoring several calls from Hudlin, she finally called her back to check in.

I just met this guy,” Hudlin told her friend. “He’s cute and he’s the managing partner of his law firm and I think you’re really going to like him.”

At the time, Harris was in her late 40s. She had never been married; dating was difficult due to the demands of her high-profile jobs, Harris wrote in her book.

Kamala Harris with her husband Doug Emhoff

Their relationship blossomed quickly. “He seemed so genuinely comfortable with himself,” Harris wrote. “That’s part of why I liked him immediately.”

They got married the same year.

Over the last five years, according to Forbes, Emhoff and Harris have earned about $8.2 million, most of it generated by his work at Venable and DLA Piper, the Century City firm he joined in 2017. On Harris’ Senate disclosures forms, she listed more than $500,000 in book advance payments in the last two years. Forbes estimates the couple’s net worth at nearly $6 million. More than a third of that amount comes from the value of their three homes — in Brentwood, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The Biden-Harris campaign declined to make Emhoff, or family members, available for interviews.

Emhoff spoke briefly Thursday during a Democratic National Committee LGBT Caucus meeting, reading from a prepared text.

“Being out here on the presidential campaign trail talking about Joe and Kamala is not something I ever really expected to be doing,” Emhoff acknowledged.

“So a little about me. I was born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey, and then moved to L.A. in high school when my dad got a new job. I went on to college and law school in L.A., became a dad to Cole and Ella.”

Emhoff added that he’s had “a great career as an entertainment lawyer,” but is now on a leave of absence from his current firm, DLA Piper, “so that I can work full time to help Joe and Kamala win.”

He also mentioned their upcoming wedding anniversary, noting that after he and Harris were engaged, “I got a congratulatory voicemail from none other than Joe Biden! ... Believe it or not, I still have that message saved in my home.

Kamala Harris with her husband Doug Emhoff

In contrast to Joe and Jill Biden, who have been married for more than 40 years and have been through multiple presidential campaigns together, this is Harris and Emhoff’s first. They’re early on in their marriage, too. America is getting acquainted with them as a couple while they’re still learning about one another. And if the Biden-Harris ticket wins in November, the country — and Emhoff — will have to figure out what’s to be expected of the historic first second gentleman.

Harris and Emhoff are both 55 and will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary Saturday. “They still seem to radiate newlyweds,” observes Perry, adding that the couple appears “really besotted with each other.”

Emhoff is White and Jewish. Harris is Black and Indian — she identifies as Baptist, like her father, but her mother also introduced her to Hindu customs. “They showcase America as it is, as it is becoming and as it will be.

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