The second guy. Second husband. The second guy. Regardless of the official title, Imhoff, who is Jewish, makes history in and of itself, a reflection of the nation’s changing political and gender norms.
Imhoff, a successful entertainment attorney, had a mostly quiet and supportive presence during the election campaign when Harris was running for president during the Democratic primary. Harris withdrew from the primary race in December and joined Biden as vice president in August.
Imhoff has kept out of the limelight, and is often seen behind the scenes or at the edge of a crowd at Harris events wearing a “Kamala” shirt. But he’s active on social media, with his supporters calling themselves #DougHive, similar to those of Harris and #KHive.
He grabbed attention last year when he rushed onto stage to protect Harris after a protester got close enough to the Senator to grab her microphone.
Imhoff also defended Harris when Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, retweeted a racist lie that Harris was not a black American because her parents emigrated from Jamaica and India.
Harris and Imhof met after they were assigned to a blind date in 2013 by Harris’ best friend while Harris was a California state attorney. Emhoff was, at the time, divorced from Kerstin Emhoff, and he has two children, Cole and Ella.
Imhoff proposed to Harris in 2014 after a quick flirt. The couple married in a courtroom in Santa Barbara later that year at a ceremony hosted by Harris’ sister Maya.
“My family means everything to me,” Harris said. “I’ve got a lot of titles during my career, and for sure,” Vice President “will be great, but” Momala “will always be the most important.” Her first speech after Biden chose her as a candidate for the White House.
CNN’s Maeve Reston contributed to this report.