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Cole Emhoff Reveals What It's Like To Have Kamala Harris As His Stepmom

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Now that Kamala Harris will be officially sworn in as Vice President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021, she and her family are even more in the spotlight than they were before.

Though she and husband Doug Emhoff haven't had any children together, she's made it more than clear that she views his children from his previous marriage to Kerstin Emhoff as her own, and that they're two very important people in her life.

As she settles into her new role as VP for the next four years, there's a good chance we'll be seeing more of them. And in a recent interview, Cole and his sister, Ella, opened up about what it's like having Kamala Harris as their stepmom.

Who is Cole Emhoff, Kamala Harris's stepson?

Here's what you need to know about Cole Emhoff.

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He's a 26-year-old executive assistant.

According to his LinkedIn page, after graduating from Colorado College with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, he began his career as an assistant at William Morris Endeavor.

Today, he's an Executive Assistant at Plan B, the production company founded by Brad Pitt — not too shabby! If he wants a real career in the entertainment industry, he's definitely off to a very impressive start.

Who is Cole Emhoff dating? 


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Just by looking at Emhoff's Instagram, it's easy to see that his girlfriend is pretty important to him.

He's dating a woman who goes by Greenley, and according to her Instagram account, it looks like she and Cole are still going strong!

Emhoff hasn't shared too many words about his relationship, but the photos he has shared say it all, since she happens to be one of the very few people he's featured on his account.

Cole Emhoff doesn't have much of a presence online.

When it comes to the internet, Emhoff tends to keep a low profile. He doesn't appear to have any other active social media accounts besides Instagram and even then, he only has about 20 posts and around 6000 followers.

Cole Emhoff really, really loves his dogs.


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As much as he obviously loves his girlfriend, Emhoff also clearly adores his dogs, Otis and Amos.

In fact, they even have their own Instagram account, which just goes to show how much they mean to him — and they're pretty cute, too, so they might just end up being worth a follow for anyone who happens to be dog fans. 

Cole Emhoff is named after a musician. 

In an essay she wrote in honor of Mother's Day in 2019, Harris shared that both of Doug's children were named after musicians, including Cole.

"When I met Doug, the man who would become my husband, I also met a man who was a divorced father of two children, Cole and Ella, named after John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald," she wrote. 

Cole Emhoff has a special nickname for Kamala Harris. 

In the same essay, Harris wrote that instead of Cole and Emma calling her stepmom, they decided on a much more fitting name for her.

"When Doug and I got married, Cole, Ella, and I agreed that we didn’t like the term 'stepmom.' Instead they came up with the name 'Momala,'" she said.

In a recent interview, Cole opened up about what it's like to have Kamala Harris as his stepmom.

Emhoff gave readers a little insight into his blended family's dynamic, and how Kamala is as a parent.

"I went to school in Colorado, and it was kind of a, not to say 'hippie' school but, like, very outdoorsy crunchy, if you will," Cole revealed. "And one of my friends wanted to go backpacking when she graduated, and Kamala was like, 'OK, so then what are you going to do with that after? Then what? And then what?'" 

"And my friend still quotes that conversation as having kind of reframed what she felt like her path would be — in terms of having goals that were not in her immediate future," he added. "But I think they [Kamala and Doug]  just want us and people to be intentional."

He also revealed that he's "happy" his dad, who he affectionately calls "Doug," got divorced from his mother — but not in a malicious way at all.

"Divorce was extremely common in our world in L.A. It was hard at first, but I always think, like, I’m so happy they divorced because I think it really brought us closer," he said.

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Nicole Pomarico is an entertainment and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Cosmo, Us Weekly, Refinery29, and more.