Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff reveal the sweet story of how they really met

Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff first met back in 2013

Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff are seen at the stage during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S
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Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff have shared the story of how they met - and it all started with a blind date. Kamala Harris made history last year after becoming the first woman, first Black woman and first Asian woman to be elected as Vice President of the United States. She is an inspirational figure to so many across the world. 

Throughout her campaign, Harris was also supported by her husband Doug Emhoff. He will become the first husband of a Vice President of the United States when she becomes Vice President on Inauguration Day

Now the couple have opened up about how exactly they came to meet each other. And the sweet story may not be exactly what you’d expect...

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How did Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff meet?

In an interview with CBS News, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff spoke about when they first met back in 2013. 

When asked about it, Harris reportedly said: "Oh, that's so funny you asked me that question. So, yes, my best friend set us up on a blind date. And she said, 'Just trust me. Just trust me. Just don't …' You know, she wanted me to just kind of go into it, and she said, 'Don't Google him.' I did!"

When it came to organizing their first meeting, though, Emhoff revealed that he made the first move, though he needed a little help from a friend to get the wording perfect. 

"One of my buddies was in town, and we went to a Laker game. And so, you know, we [had] a couple of beers, I told him the story. I said, 'What do you think I should text her?' So, we sat there in the stands and we came up with this text, which was something like, 'Hey, it's Doug. Awkward! I'm texting you.'"

Following a few more exchanges, Emhoff disclosed that he called Harris. “I left this ridiculous voicemail, which she has saved and plays back to me on our anniversary every year,” he told CBS News, adding: “I thought I'd never hear from her again, but ..."

"But it was just, it was adorable," Harris responded, laughing. "And it was just, I mean, the thing about Doug is that he is exactly who he is. He's just fully authentic and clear about the things he cares about. And it's family, it's his work…"

"You," Emhoff then added to his wife’s beautiful statement.

When did Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff get married?

The couple married in 2014, a year after they met. Speaking of Harris’ impending role as Vice President of the United States, Emhoff revealed exactly how much he supports her. 

“I understand the role she’s taking and the role that Joe and Jill [Biden] are taking on too and become very close with them, so I support her and I support them and that’s important because what they’re doing is so much. And they’re walking into so many different crises”, he explained.

“I'm gonna do everything I can to help them," Emhoff went on to add. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!