Next week, Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary (via Daily Mail). The story of how they met is refreshingly ordinary, though no less romantic. Harris’ best friend, PR consultant Chrisette Hudlin, set her up with Emhoff, saying, “He’s cute and he’s the managing partner of his law firm and I think you’re going to like him.” Turns out, Hudlin was right. Emhoff texted Harris from a Lakers game. Even though Harris was a Warriors fan, she gamely replied, “Go Lakers!”
They hit it off, and the next morning, Emhoff couldn’t stop thinking about her. He ended up calling her and leaving a long, rambling message. After hanging up, he thought he’d totally ruined his chances. Fortunately, Harris found the message endearing. She called him back at lunch, and they spent an hour talking. They took their relationship public when Harris gave a speech about truancy. It was “not exactly what most people think of as a romantic date,” Harris joked in her memoir, The Truths We Hold. But it seems to have worked for the happily married couple.
How Douglas Emhoff proposed to Kamala Harris
Harris and Emhoff dated for just a year before he proposed. He popped the question at home, during a discussion of what kind of Thai takeout they should order. Harris was searching for a pair of pants she misplaced and almost missed Emhoff’s question. She actually responded, “That’s nice honey, should we have chicken or shrimp on the pad thai?” before realizing he was down on one knee.
The couple married in August 2014 and held their wedding at a courthouse, which was appropriate for two attorneys (via Forward). Their wedding incorporated traditions from Harris’s Indian heritage and Emhoff’s Jewish background and included a flower garland for Doug and stomping on a glass. Harris is a loving stepmother to Emhoff’s two children, Cole and Ella. The kids don’t like the name “stepmom,” and prefer to call her “Momola.” If Biden and Harris win the 2020 election, Emhoff will become the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice president and, of course, the first Second Gentleman.
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