Kamala Harris made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to be elected as the Vice President of the United States.
And her husband, Doug Emhoff, will now also have a place in the record books because he is set to serve as the first ever Second Gentlemen.
Emoff, 56, will also be the Jewish person in American history to be married to a President or Vice President.
He celebrated Harris’ historic victory by wrapping her up in a warm embrace on Saturday morning, just minutes after news organizations called the election for her running mate, Joe Biden.
Emhoff shared a snap of the sweet moment to his Twitter account, and added the caption: ‘Proud of you’.
The couple, who are both aged 56, were set up on a blind date in 2013 and tied the knot the following year.
While Harris has had an illustrious career shattering several glass ceilings, Emhoff is a success story in his own right.
He works as a high-powered entertainment lawyer who brings home an annual salary north of $1 million.
Doug Emhoff is set to become the first Second Gentleman in American history, after his wife, Kamala Harris, was announced as the US Vice President-elect on Saturday morning
Emhoff is seen standing alongside his Kamala, President-elect Joe Biden and future First Lady Jill Biden at the Democratic National Convention back in August
Joe Biden administers the oath of office to Harris as she is s sworn as California’s junior Senator back in 2017. Emhoff is seen watching on
Emhoff, who is exactly one week older than Harris, was born in Brooklyn, New York, but as a teenager his parents Mike and Barb moved to southern California where he has lived ever since.
He and Harris were set up by Harris’ best friend, PR consultant Chrisette Hudlin, who told her: ‘He’s cute and he’s the managing partner of his law firm and I think you’re going to like him.’
They hit it off immediately when he texted her from courtside at an LA Lakers game. She replied ‘Go Lakers’ despite being a Golden State Warriors fan.
The next morning he called her while she was at the gym before work.
‘I had an early meeting and as I was driving to work, I couldn’t get you off my mind,’ he told her later.
‘I kept saying to myself ‘It’s 8:30 am, it’s way too early to call her. That would be ridiculous. Don’t be that guy. Don’t call her. Don’t do it.’
But he called anyway and left a long, rambling message. He thought he had ruined his chances so badly that he even considered leaving a second rambling message explaining the first.
But Harris — who still has the message saved on her phone — found it ‘endearing.’ She called him back at lunch and they talked for an entire hour.
Emhoff and Harris were set up by Harris’ best friend, PR consultant Chrisette Hudlin, who told her: ‘He’s cute and he’s the managing partner of his law firm and I think you’re going to like him’
Emhoff and Harris recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary
The cpuple hit it off immediately when he texted her from courtside at an LA Lakers game. She replied ‘Go Lakers’, despite being a Golden State Warriors fan
‘It sounds corny, I know, but the conversation just flowed,’ Harris wrote in her memoir The Truths We Hold. ‘I remember us cracking each other up, joking and laughing at ourselves, just the way we do now.’
They went out a few times and first went public with their budding romance at a speech she gave on the ills of truancy — ‘not exactly what most people think of as a romantic date,’ she wrote.
Within a year Emhoff — who says that Bradley Cooper should play him if a movie is made about his wife — proposed, but even that didn’t go right.
Harris had other things on her mind. She was desperately hunting for a favorite pair of pants she had mislaid and was hankering for takeout Thai food.
As Emhoff declared that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, she replied: ‘That’s nice honey, should we have chicken or shrimp on the pad thai?’ It was only then that she noticed he was down on one knee.
They married at Santa Barbara Courthouse on August 22, 2014.
‘In keeping with our Indian and Jewish heritages, I put a flower garland around Doug’s neck and he stomped on a glass.’ Harris wrote.
The couple married at Santa Barbara Courthouse on August 22, 2014. ‘In keeping with our Indian and Jewish heritages, I put a flower garland around Doug’s neck and he stomped on a glass.’ Harris wrote in her memoir
Emhoff has two grown children, Cole and Ella, from his previous marriage. Harris is close to the kids, who call her Momala because they don’t like the term stepmom
It is Emhoff’s second marriage. He was previously married to film producer Kerstin Mackin, with whom he shares two adult children, Cole and Ella.
Harris has become close to the kids, who call her Momala because they don’t like the term stepmom.
She is also on friendly terms with their mom, Mackin.
‘We really hit it off,’ Harris wrote in her book. ‘We sometimes joke that our modern family is almost a little too functional.’
It’s unclear what kind of role Emhoff will take on in the White House, but he has been actively campaigning for Harris for months.
He has constantly been by her side and has become close with Jill Biden, who previously served as Second Lady.
Emhoff and Harris appear devoted. A video of him awkwardly dad-dancing at the San Francisco Pride Parade last year ends with her planting a big kiss on his lips (pictured)
Emhoff has become close with Jill Biden, who previously served as Second Lady