Kamala Devi Harris (more popular than Kamala Harris) is an American lawyer and politician who achieved national fame after a memorable speech at the 2012 Democratic National Congress. She is currently a Junior Senator in the US Senate of California. Another feather in her cap was when she campaigned for the Democratic Party to run for the US presidency in 2020. Before that, however, she served as Assistant District Attorney for the City of San Francisco, City Attorney, District Attorney and Attorney General of California. While Kamala’s career history is well known, in this article we turn to her family. Who are the people in her life and what can we know about them?
Who Are Kamala Harris’ Parents And Siblings?
Kamala Harris has a mixed parental background with roots in India and Jamaica. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan is a Tamil Indian who emigrated from Chennai in India in the early 1960s. Shyamala Gopalan was born in 1938 as the daughter of an Indian diplomat. But she made a name for herself as a breast cancer researcher, a profession she pursued with passion until she died in 1990.
As for Kamala’s father, his name is Donald Harris. As already indicated, Donald is a black American who comes from Jamaica. Like his wife, he emigrated to the USA in the early 1960s. He came to study at the University of California. After graduating in economics, Donald worked as a professor at Stanford University.
Kamala Harris’ parents were separated when she was only 7 years old. Her mother, who took custody of her and her sister Maya, moved her from the United States to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where the two girls grew up. When Kamala grew up, she finally returned to the United States where she received her Juris Doctor degree.
Although Kamala does not yet have a biological child, she plays stepmother – quite appropriately – to her husband’s adult children from his previous marriage. She has a warm relationship with the teenager’s Cole and Ella, who both affectionately call her “Momola”. Kamala once wrote that her background as the product of a broken home had helped her greatly in building a good relationship with her stepchildren.
Kamala’s sister, Maya Harris, is also a lawyer like her. Maya currently works as a political analyst for MSNBC. Also, a lawyer, Kamala’s brother-in-law, Tony West, is a former senior official of the US Department of Justice and is also Uber’s chief counsel. The Senator has a niece and two stepchildren due to her relationship with Douglas Emhoff.
All You Need To Know About Her Husband, Douglas Ernhoff
Everything you need to know about her husband, Douglas Emhoff.
Kamala Harris and Douglas Ernhoff were married on August 22, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California. Before that, they had been engaged on April 7, 2014. Kamala and Douglas had met on a blind date arranged by one of their close friends, a public relations agent.
Ernhoff is a Jewish-American lawyer who once held the position of partner in charge at the Los Angeles office of the prestigious law firm Venable LLP. Douglas Ernhoff is an entertainment lawyer and currently works as a partner in a California office of the multinational law firm DLA Piper LLC. In his work as an entertainment lawyer, he represents large corporations and highly influential individuals, according to his profile on the DLA Piper website.
On the day of their wedding, both Kamala and Ernhoff are said to have been 49 years old (although some other sources said that he was 54 instead). It was Kamala’s first marriage ever, but it was Ernhoff’s second. Ernhoff had two problems (no more children) from his previous marriage, as already indicated. His son named Cole graduated from Colorado College, while his daughter named Ella is currently studying at Parson’s School of Design in the fine arts department.
Douglas became known for the unreserved support he gave his wife Kamala Harris during her candidacy for the U.S. presidency. They were often seen together at campaign events. Then he became her PR agent in the social media. Well, he is doing this for his whole family: he is also the biggest fan of their children.
Although Ernhoff is the first husband Kamala Harris has had in her 50-year life so far, he is not the first man in her life. While we don’t have all the details of Harris’s previous dates, we do know that she was once in a relationship with Willie Brown, who was then the Speaker of the California State Assembly. Needless to say, they eventually broke up.