Who is Kamala Harris?
Kamala Harris is an American politician and attorney. She is the 49th Vice President of the United States of America. Harris made a mark by being the first woman and first African-American to hold such office. Before becoming Vice President, Kamala Harris served as the District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General and a Senator in the US Parliament.
Kamala Harris is also an author. She has written three books which include two works of fiction and one children’s book.
Kamala Harris’s full name is Kamala Devi Harris. She was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. She was born as the eldest of two daughters to Donald Harris (father) and Shyamala Gopalan (mother). She is 58 years old as of June 2023. Her sister is Maya Harris.
Kamala Harris graduated from Howard University with a degree in Political science and Economics. She also obtained a law degree from Hastings College of Law, University of California.
About Kamala Harris’ parents and siblings
Kamala Harris is the first child of Donald Harris (father) and Shyamala Gopalan (mother). Her parents are both immigrants from Jamaica and India respectively. Her mother is a breast cancer scientist and was said to have received her doctorate degree the same year she gave birth to Harris. Her father is reportedly an Economic professor at Stanford University. Kamala’s parents divorced when she was age 7, and she and her sister were raised by their mother.
Her younger sister, Maya, is a lawyer, public policy advocate and political analyst. She is married to Tony West – a former senior official of the United States Department of Justice who is currently a general counsel for Uber. Maya Harris has a daughter named Meena Harris – Kamala Harris’s niece.
Kamala Harris’ relationship and marriage
As of the time of publishing this article (June 2023), Kamala Harris is married to entertainment lawyer Douglas Emhoff. The lovers met in 2013 through a mutual friend, dated for a year, and got married in 2014. Though the couple has no children together, Douglas has two children from his past relationship.
Kamala Harris’s marriage to Douglas is her first marriage, but she has been in two other relationships before settling down with her husband. The Vice President seems protective of her personal life as information about her past relationships only made it to the public during her political campaign in 2019.
List of Kamala Harris’ past relationships and lovers
Information about Kamala Harris’s past relationships came to public attention during her political campaign in 2019 when her ex-lovers began to declare their support for her. According to reports, Kamala Harris dated the likes of Willie Brown and Montel Williams before her marriage to Douglas Emhoff.
Some reports had it that Harris dated Phil Bronstein, while others claimed that she was once married to a man named Steven Hoge. There was never enough evidence to substantiate the rumours. Harris has also been controversially accused of getting romantically involved with powerful men in order to attain political success.
Below is a list of Kamala Harris’ past relationships and lovers:
- Kamala Harris dated Willie Brown from 1994 to 1995.
- Kamala Harris reportedly dated Montel Williams. The time of their relationship is not really known.
- Kamala Harris reportedly had a fling with Phil Bronstein in 2004.
- Kamala Harris was rumoured to have been married to a man named Steven Hoge between 1998 to 2005. These rumours have been discarded as untrue due to lack of evidence.
- Kamala Harris has been married to Douglas Emhoff since 2014.
About Kamala Harris’s relationship with Willie Brown
Willie Brown is a retired American politician. As a member of the Democratic Party, he served as the Mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004 and he was the first African-American to hold the office. He also served as the speaker of the California State Assembly from 1980 to 1995. Willie’s full name is Willie Lewis Brown Jr. He was born on March 20, 1934, in Mineola, East Texas, to Minnie Collins Boyd (mother) and Lewis Brown (father) as the fourth child of five children. He is 89 years old as of 2023.
Willie Brown graduated from San Francisco State University in 1995 and he would later on earn a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1958. He has three children with his ex-wife, Blanche Vitero. He also has four grandchildren and a step-granddaughter.
According to reports, Kamala Harris dated Willie Brown as a young lady, while he was the speaker of the State Assembly. As of the time they dated, Willie Brown was 60 years old while Harris was 29. Talks about their relationship resurfaced in 2019 after Brown wrote a column in the San Francisco Chronicle urging Harris not to accept Joe Biden’s invite as his running mate.
“If Joe Biden offers the vice presidential slot to Sen. Kamala Harris, my advice to her would be to politely decline. Harris is a tested and proven campaigner who will work her backside off to get Biden elected. That said, the vice presidency is not the job she should go for — asking to be considered as attorney general in a Biden administration would be more like it”.
However, he later declared his support for Harris after she accepted to become Biden’s running mate. Willie Brown also published a short op-ed of 137 words in the San Francisco Chronicle to talk about his relationship with the Vice President following controversial reports that Harris had dated him to pave her way to success.
According to Brown, his relationship with Harris was not a secret and they even made public appearances as a couple. He also affirmed that he had helped her with her political ambition the same way he had helped others with no strings attached.
In his words:
“Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker. And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians”.
According to reports gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Willie Brown appointed Harris to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the Medical Assistance Commission with a pay of $400,000 dollars for over 5 years as of the time of their affair. It was also reported that he was still married, though estranged from his wife, Blanche Vitero, while he was seeing Harris.
About Kamala Harris’ relationship with Montel Williams
Montel Williams is an American TV host, motivational speaker, author and actor. He is known for hosting the talk show “The Montel Williams Show”. He was born on July 3, 1956, in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, Herman Williams Jr. was a firefighter who became the first African-American Fire Chief in 1992. Montel Williams is 66 years old as of June 2023.
Montel Williams who has been married three times as of the time of writing brought his past relationship with Kamala Harris to public attention with a post on his Twitter page. In his tweet, Montel Williams suggested he and the American VP had a relationship when they were both young and single. He also used the post to establish his support for her.
The post reads:
“Kamala Harris and I briefly dated about 20 years ago when we were both single. So What? I have great respect for Sen. Harris”.
About Kamala Harris’ relationship with Douglas Emhoff
Douglas Emhoff was a California-based entertainment lawyer and the second gentleman of the United States. He is popularly known as the husband of the Vice President of America, Kamala Harris. He had to quit his law profession after the 2020 election to take up political duties alongside his wife.
Douglas’ full name is Douglas Craig Emhoff. He was born on October 13, 1964, in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York City. He was born to Barbara Emhoff (mother) and Michael Emhoff (father). He is 58 years old as of June 2023. His siblings are named Andy and Jamie Emhoff respectively.
Kamala Harris and Douglas Emhoff met through a blind date set up by a mutual friend, Chrisette Hudlin, in 2013. They dated for a year and walked down the aisle on August 22, 2014, at a courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. According to Harris, she had googled about Douglas before the blind date. She also made it known that her husband had emailed her a list of his available dates for the next couple of months the next morning after the date.
As of the time of writing, the couple has been married for over 8 years and counting.
Kamala Harris’s children
Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff are yet to have a child together as of June 2023 but Harris is stepmom to Douglas’s two kids from his previous marriage to Kerstin Emhoff.
Harris is known to share a good relationship with her stepkids. According to reports, they fondly call her “Momala”.
About Kamala Harris’s stepchildren
Kamala Harris has two grownup stepchildren named Ella Emhoff and Cole Emhoff.
a. Cole Emhoff
Cole Emhoff is Kamala’s first step-child. He is an executive assistant at the American company Plan B. He had once served as an assistant at William Morris Endeavour (now called Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc). Cole was born on September 15, 1994, though some reports record his birth year as 1995. He is 29 years old as of 2023. He is named after the famous jazz singer, John William Coltrane. He has a degree in Physiology. Cole Emhoff is currently reported to be in a relationship with a lady identified as Greenley.
b. Ella Emhoff
Ella Emhoff is Kamala’s second stepchild. She is an American model, fashion designer and artist. She is known for designing knitted shorts, jackets, hats, and coats which she sells on her IG page and website.
Ella Emhoff has made headlines in the news for her tattoos and armpit hair. Her full name is Ella Rose Emhoff. She was born on May 29, 1999. She is 24 years old as of June 2023.
Ella was named after the jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald. She attended Wildwood School before proceeding to the Parsons School of Design where she majored in Fine Arts. She is an advocate and supporter of LGBT rights. Ella Emhoff is also a member of the 3% Movement – an organization focused on increasing the number of women creative directors in the US.
Ella Emhoff is reported to be in a relationship with GQ editor, Sam Hine, since August 2021.