Most eligible Indian American bachelorette marries fellow lawyer

California Attorney General Kamala Harris marries Douglas Emhoff.

By The American Bazaar Staff

WASHINGTON, DC: California’s popular Attorney General Kamala Devi Harris, who many think will one day run for governor, has got married just shy of her 50th birthday to attorney Douglas Emhoff, partner in charge of the law firm Venable LLP’s Los Angeles office, in Santa Barbara, last Friday, five months after they got engaged.

Kamala Harris wedding pix
Kamala Harris wedding pix (Courtesy of the California Attorney General’s office)

The wedding ceremony, performed in the Santa Barbara courthouse, was presided over by Maya Harris, sister of the bride, who herself is married to Tony West, the Associate Attorney General of the United States.

It is the first marriage for Harris, 49, the first woman, the first African American, and the first Asian American attorney general in California. Emhoff, 49, was previously divorced, and has two children, one in college and one in high school, reported The Sacramento Bee.

While she was an Alameda County Deputy District Attorney in the 1990s, Harris dated Willie Brown, the powerful Speaker of the California State Assembly. Wikipedia reports said there was speculation the two would marry, but Brown broke up with her shortly after being elected Mayor of San Francisco.

Harris, who was born in Oakland, California, is the daughter of an Indian mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan—a breast cancer specialist who emigrated from Chennai, to the United States in 1960, and a Jamaican American father, Stanford University economics professor Donald Harris.

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The Harris sisters grew up in a household that combined Hindu and Baptist teachings, and were raised in Berkeley, Oakland, and Montreal, where their mother took a position doing research at the Jewish General Hospital and teaching at McGill University.

Kamala Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989. She was admitted to the California bar in 1990.

At the wedding, according to customs of the bride and bridegroom, she placed a flower garland around his neck, and he broke a glass at the end of the ceremony, reported the SFGate. The very private wedding, which was not publicized, had a cellist play in the courtroom, and the bride and groom wrote their own vows, with the help of Harris.

The ceremony also included the bride’s niece, Meena, reading from Maya Angelou’s poem “Touched by an Angel,” which ends, “Suddenly we see/ that love costs all we are/ and will ever be./ Yet it is only love/ which sets us free.” The bride and groom’s first dance, to music played by a DJ, was to Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Like a Star,” the report said. The bride’s dress was golden, by an unidentified California designer. The duo are not going for a honeymoon.

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The Santa Barbara Independent reported that the marriage came a day after Harris said she will take legal action to defend California’s much debated death penalty law.

Harris has proved vocal about her decision to appeal a ruling by federal judge Cormac J. Carney, who concluded last month that California’s death penalty has become so dysfunctional as to constitute cruel and unusual punishment and hence, unconstitutional.

Because the ultimate punishment is so rarely implemented in California, Carney argued, death row inmates are seven times more likely to die from old age or suicide than a lethal injection. This, he claimed, undermined any value it might have in terms of deterrence or retribution. Harris described Carney’s reasoning as “flawed,” adding his conclusions were “not supported by law.”


  1. These questions about “her children” are misinformed. She does not have any children of her own but is the stepmother of Emhoff’s grown children. She has also not been married before. This is her first and only marriage. Look it up. BTW, her husband has plenty of money and can afford to live where THEY want. Plenty of congressmen and senators do not live wih their families full time because they have to be in Washington at least part of the time. Same goes for elected officials in California.

  2. Harriet Burdock

    Is she for the death penalty or not?

  3. Lyman_Sweetwater

    Man with rancid anus gas…

    Wash that mans rear….!

    A MARXIST half breed marries a MARXIST JEW…

  4. There are photos which show Harris with two children. Is she the mother of a boy and girl? Strange that there is photos saying these are her children and I can not find more information. Did someone mislabel the photo of her with 2 children. Also she married in 2014 and her job was in Sacramento and her husband works in LA …very expensive life style the travel. Even more as a senator. Is that all paid for by the state? She is senator and this information is still not known.

  5. she does not have children. her husband has 3 from a previous marriage. what’s there to hide? considering her education and career, i doubt she had much time for too much nonsense or children. she’s very pretty and admirable, although I don’t agree with her politics always. she seems to be friends with DJT which is the only reason i would vote for her.

  6. Gloria Whitney

    I’m wondering why all information regarding her first husband and her children can be found NOWHERE on line? Lorretta Sanchez is an open book! What is Kamila Harris hiding? Is Willie Brown, whom she was once the mistress of, the father of her children?
    If she wants to be Senator she needs to come clean!

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