Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's pick for running mate in the 2020 presidential election. She's the first Black woman and first Asian American to run for vice president, so it's a BFD. Kamala's also taking the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention to officially accept the VP nomination. She fits right in with the strong women on the convention schedule. (Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Jennifer Hudson to name a few).
While you're probably familiar with her political career and work on Capitol Hill, there's much more to Kamala than big speeches and passing legislation. Kamala is quite proud of another title she's earned over the years: mom.
Kamala is a stepmom to two children, but she prefers the term, "Momala," which the kids came up with. They share a close bond and offer her support.
Here's everything to know about Kamala's family and stepchildren.
Kamala became a stepmom when she married Douglas Emhoff.
Emhoff had two children from his previous marriage. They were named after John Coltrane (Cole) and Ella Fitzgerald (Ella), Kamala wrote in an essay for Elle.
Kamala got along with the kids immediately: "Cole and Ella could not have been more welcoming. They are brilliant, talented, funny kids who have grown to be remarkable adults. I was already hooked on Doug, but I believe it was Cole and Ella who reeled me in."
She and Doug married on Aug. 22, 2014 in a private ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, according to The Chronicle. Her sister Maya Harris presided over the ceremony.
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She's clearly a big fan of her stepkids. "They are my endless source of love and pure joy," she wrote for the publication. "I can say one thing with certainty, my heart wouldn’t be whole, nor my life full, without them."
Kamala waited to meet them until she was serious with their dad.
Kamala says she didn't rush into meeting his children, per her essay for Elle. "Doug and I put a lot of thought into when and how I would first meet the kids. And that meant waiting. As we waited, anticipation grew."
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Her stepson Cole Emhoff works in entertainment in LA.
He attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, and graduated with a degree in psychology in 2017. Now, he lives in Santa Monica and works as an executive assistant for Plan B Entertainment, according to his LinkedIn profile. (Btw Plan B was founded by Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston when they were still an item, per Variety, and Brad later took over ownership.)
Cole recently made his Instagram profile public, however he's not a prolific poster. There are sporadic selfies and some artsy dog pics filling his feed.
Kamala has cheered Ella on in swim meets and basketball games.
While Ella was attending high school, Kamala called herself a "cheerleader" and showed up to as many athletic events as she could.
Her stepdaughter Ella attends Parsons School of Design.
She graduated from high school in 2017 and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Apparel and Textiles at The New School, per her LinkedIn profile. Kamala wasn't able to make it to the ceremony to watch her walk because it conflicted with testimony from FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his firing and the Russia investigation.
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Ella shares her designs on the 'gram.
She's quite nimble with knitting needles. In fact, she's knitted some impressive sweaters, shorts, and pants. Ella also accepts custom commissions via her website.
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Sundays are reserved for family dinners.
At least that used to be the case before her campaign run. Everyone had a role for the special get-together, according to Kamala. She explained to Elle: "Our time as a family is Sunday dinner. We come together, all of us around the table, and over time we’ve fallen into our roles. Cole sets the table and picks the music, Ella makes beautiful desserts, Doug acts as my sous-chef, and I cook."
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