Kamala Harris made history this weekend when Joe Biden was elected President of the United States, becoming her Vice President. The 56-year-old California senator will be the first woman and woman of color to hold this title. In addition to her supporters, Harris has had an incredibly loyal cheerleader by her side during her own presidential run and now in her role as vice president-elect: her husband, Doug Emhoff.
Doug will now become the first second knight in history. On Saturday night, President-elect Biden jokingly told the couple in his speech: “Kamala, Doug, like it or not, you are family. You have become an honorary Biden. There is no way out.”
The blended families of Harris and Biden appeared on stage Saturday night from the acceptance speech event in Wilmington, Delaware.
“I love my husband”, Kamala saying Now this in 2019. “He’s fun. He’s kind. He’s patient. He loves my cooking. He’s a great guy.”
Doug is known for his regular social media presence, championing Kamala in the campaign and even showing off his “daddy body” at a Pride parade (see below). The couple’s love story is relatively new, by political standards, but incredibly sweet.
Here’s a look at their romance:
How they met
The couple was set up on a blind date in 2013 by a close friend when Kamala was serving as the California Attorney General. Kamala detailed their first meeting in her book, The truths we hold, revealing that Doug texted her for the first time since a Lakers game and called her the next day leaving a long voicemail.
“He thought his voicemail had been disastrous and that he would probably never hear from me again,” Kamala wrote at the time (according to The Washington Post). “He had to restrain himself from calling again and leaving another endless message trying to explain the first one.”
The day after their first date, Doug emailed Kamala to cut to the chase.
“I’m too old to play or hide the ball,” the email read. “I really like you and I want to see if we can make this work.”
About a year after their first date, Doug asked the question at Kamala’s apartment with a diamond and platinum engagement ring, the San Francisco Gate reported. At the time, Kamala said she didn’t plan to wait long to get married and said, “I don’t believe in long commitments.”
On her reaction to Doug’s emotional proposal, Kamala wrote in her book: “These weren’t fancy Hollywood tears that ran down a glistening cheek. No, I’m talking about huffing and grunting, mascara smudging my face. “
Four months later, in August 2014, the couple married Kamala’s sister Maya Harris in court, officiating the San Francisco Gate reported. The wedding was a beautiful blend of their two cultures. A garland of flowers was placed around Doug’s neck to honor Kamala’s Indian heritage during the ceremony, and the service ended with the couple breaking a glass according to Doug’s Jewish tradition. They wrote their own vows for the special day, and Kamala’s niece, Meena, read Maya Angelou’s poem, “Touched by an Angel.” Her first dance was “Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae. Kamala wore a gold dress from a California designer.
His children and Momala
Although Doug wanted to introduce Kamala to his children, Cole and Ella, after their second date, she stopped him.
“As the daughter of divorce, I knew how difficult it could be for your parents to start dating other people,” said the proud stepmother. wrote in a 2019 Mother’s Day essay for Elle. “And I was determined not to insert myself into their lives until Doug and I established that we were in this for the long haul.”
At rehearsal, Kamala revealed that she brought a ribbon-wrapped cookie tin to her first meeting with Doug’s children.
“Cole and Ella could not have been more welcoming. They are bright, talented and fun children who have grown into extraordinary adults,” he wrote of his stepchildren. “I was already hooked on Doug, but I think it was Cole and Ella who cheated on me.”
After Kamala and Doug got married, Cole and Ella decided that “stepmom” didn’t fit in and they named her “Momala” instead. The senator says she also has a good relationship with the children’s mother, Kerstin, and writes in her essay: “Sometimes we joke that our modern family is almost too functional.”
Cole graduated from Colorado College and works as an assistant at William Morris Endeavor. She attends the Parsons School of Design. Kamala says that her “family time” includes many Sunday dinners.
“He spends days thinking about the menu, grinding his own pepper, driving all over town just to find that ingredient we need,” said Doug. The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve become quite useful in the kitchen as your kitchen helper.”
It’s clear from day one that Doug is willing to help his wife win. He went on the campaign trail with the California Senator in 2018 and 2019 and was there for many of his great moments. In June 2019, Doug helped escort a protester off stage, after the man jumped onto the stage where Kamala was speaking and grabbed her microphone. Doug not only pushed for Kamala’s 2020 presidential campaign, but was involved in it as well, as she became the vice presidential candidate. As an attorney for the DLA Piper law firm, who worked out of its DC and California offices, Doug has took a leave of absence following the appointment of Joe Biden.
It appears that he is putting all his efforts to ensure that the Biden-Harris ballot is elected in November. After Joe’s wife Jill Biden posted a selfie with Doug wearing a mask, she retweeted the post and wrote, “Here we go @DrBiden!”
He also confirmed that he was the one who had his own Twitter account for a fan. writing, “I can confirm that I’m still me … working really hard for Joe and Kamala, oh and one more thing … HI to #KHive!”