Six years after coming to Washington, DC. as a Senate spouse, second gentleman 더그 엠호프 hosted his fist event as president of the Senate Spouse Organization Tuesday, joining spouses of both Democrat and Republican lawmakers for breakfast at the vice president’s residence and to participate in a charity event, packing bags of meals for students and families in needs.
“This is really meaningful to me,” Emhoff said in remarks delivered Tuesday in honor of the first event he’s hosted as head of the group.
“I value the luncheons that we had, the relationships that we built,” Emhoff added. “Completely nonpartisan … And how these relationships have nothing to do with politics, they have to do with family, our country, and that we care about people. And that really shows in this group.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Emhoff said he “couldn’t be prouder to have become the first second gentleman,” 하지만 “equally as proud to have been a Senate spouse.”
“And as we all know, and I say this a lot, this is such a unique role,” 그는 말했다. “To be married to someone in public service. Someone who has put themselves out there, especially at this level.”
Emhoff continued: “And we all know more than anyone out there what it takes to be in these offices and what it takes to support those in these offices. 그래서, we’ll always have that in common.”
The group has evolved over the years since it was founded in 1917, when it was known as the Senate Ladies Red Cross Unit or the “Ladies of the Senate.” 당시, the group met in a basement room of the Senate Office Building to knit bandages to aid the war effort.
After the war, the group’s activities expanded to include other charitable work and today it consists of both former and current senate spouses.
The volunteer project conducted on Tuesday was done in support of Manna Food Center, an organization that builds upon Emhoff’s work as second gentleman to spotlight the issue of food insecurity.
The former entertainment lawyer, who is married to Vice President 카말라 해리스, made his first official stop as second gentleman at The Farm at Washington, D.C.’s Kelly Miller Middle School to learn about food insecurity and local work to address the problem.
“Food security is a racial justice issue,” he said during the January 2021 그만.
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During his tour, Emhoff provided a window into how the work at The Farm might play into the issues he highlights during his wife’s time in office.
“What I found on the [운동] trail, when I got to go around the rest of the country … the pandemic just made everything that was bad, worse,” 그는 말했다. “Part of what I want to do in this role is figure out how I can help.”
엠호프, an entertainment lawyer who left his firm ahead of the inauguration, has been one of his wife’s most visible supporters, often appearing on the campaign trail and alongside her at events. As second gentleman, he has worked to highlight issues important to him and also teaches a course at Georgetown University Law Center.
Emhoff previously told PEOPLE that, in his unprecedented role as second gentleman — a term officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary on Thursday — he has no plans to head up any “kitchen cabinet” of advisers to his wife.
“I’m her husband, that’s it,” Emhoff said in a joint interview with Harris in the fall.
그는 가지고있다, 하지만, expressed an interest in building on NS “legacy of progress” of the women who have served in the role of second lady.