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The first-ever second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, embraced his wife, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. moments after she was projected Saturday to become the first Black woman elected vice president.
Harris and Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to lead a nation gripped by a pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.
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Emhoff — who had just witnessed his wife make history — posted an image on Twitter of their congratulatory hug.
“I’m so proud of you," he wrote, alongside two hearts and images of the American flag.
Emhoff, 56, is also making history of his own, becoming the first second gentleman and the first Jew to be part of a winning presidential ticket.
Earlier in the campaign, Biden stressed the importance of Emhoff's position.
“Doug, you're gonna have to learn what it means to be a barrier breaker yourself in this job,” the former vice president said.
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Emhoff was born in Brooklyn. As a young man, he moved to California, where he earned degrees from California State University and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
He became a successful entertainment law attorney. At DLA Piper in California, where he has been since 2017, he is a partner in the firm's intellectual property and technology practice, and its media, sport and entertainment sector.
He describes himself in his Twitter profile as “dad, @kamalaharris hubby, lawyer, wannabe golfer, advocate for justice and equality.”
He has two children, Cole and Ella, from a previous marriage, and married Harris in 2014.
While Emhoff has largely kept a low profile, he was pictured last year scowling at a protester who stormed the stage when Harris was speaking — and reportedly helped get the protester off the stage.
He told The Hollywood Reporter in March that the experience of running for president has been "endlessly fascinating" and that he now says he gets stopped for selfies.
Emhoff also said he planned to continue working for his law firm, which also has offices in Washington, D.C.
"With all this other stuff that's happening in my life right now, it's great to have [my practice,] because it's something that I love and I'm good at," he said.
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On Wednesday, the Biden campaign released part of the call between Harris and Biden, when their spouses were brought on the line and Emhoff was introduced to Jill Biden.
“Jill, we’re ready to go to work. We’re ready to put it all on the line for you,” Emhoff said at the time.
The Assocaited Press contributed to this report.
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