Doug Emhoff says leaving his law career to support Vice President Kamala Harris was a 'no-brainer'

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff wave from Air Force Two
Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff wave from Air Force Two.ANDRI TAMBUNAN/AFP via Getty Images

Doug Emhoff worked as an entertainment lawyer for almost 30 years before quitting to support his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris, in the White House.

In July, Emhoff spoke to participants in a summer camp run by Tools & Tiaras, a nonprofit in Queens, New York, that encourages women and girls to pursue careers in construction, about supporting Harris in her role,  The 19th's Jennifer Gerson reported.

"I think just by stepping away from my career that I love and I was actually very good at so I could support my wife, who was the first woman to become vice president, it was a no-brainer," Emhoff said, per The 19th. "With this big platform that I have and all the microphones and media and working in this great administration with all of these resources, I really decided to lean in on this issue of men supporting women, professionally and personally, so they can succeed, even if that means stepping away from my own career."

As second gentleman, Emhoff has made gender equality part of his mission, appearing at events such as the 50th anniversary of Title IX and speaking about the value of men supporting women in leadership roles. His bio on the official White House website says that "He is proud of the Biden-Harris Administration's commitments to advancing gender equity and will continue to speak about the importance of being a supportive spouse."

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