Kamala Harris’s Husband Doug Emhoff is all set to leave his private practice by Inauguration Day to fulfil his duties as the husband to Vice President.
He has said very little so far about how he’ll approach the role. Doug is still working with the transition team on what issues he’ll tackle.
Emhoff decision to cut ties with firm DLA Piper plays on an early test on the working of the Biden administration and how it would avoid potential ethical issues. While Emhoff is not a lobbyist, the firm has a large presence lobbying the federal government on behalf of clients including Comcast, Raytheon and the government of Puerto Rico.
Doug Emhoff took a leave of absence from his firm in August. This was when Biden chose Harris, a U.S. senator from California, as his running mate.
Emhoff has with hard work built a career as a high profile entertainment lawyer in South California, the people of United States know him as the supportive husband of Kamala Harris.
He friendly behaviour made him a favourite with other political spouses in the Democratic primary.
“I want more women in office, and I want more partners, whoever their partner is, to support them and to provide an opportunity and an environment for success,” Emhoff said in an October interview with the digital site NowThis News.
Doug Emhoff also made friends with Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Their common ground being strange experiences as political spouses.
When asked about Emhoff, Chasten Buttigieg said, “He was just there for the right reasons. It was because he loved his wife, and he thought that she would make a great president.”
Buttigieg also feels that Emhoff will do a great job as a public servant.
“You just have to be someone that people can see themselves in,” he said. “People love chatting with him and getting pictures with him. He’s always full of dad jokes and he’s really disarming.”
This move is a big change when it comes to family dynamics. This will go a long way when comes to spousal duties.
“We’ve been waiting for this sort of gender switch for decades now,” said Kim Nalder, a professor of political science. Nalder focuses on women and gender at California State University Sacramento. She further added,”There is a lot of symbolism from a man stepping back from his high-powered career in order to support his wife’s career.”