Jill Biden will also juggle her official role as first lady with teaching English at Northern Virginia Community College. This will be the first time in history that spouses of the president and vice president keep a day job.
Both the first and second spouses typically carve out their own pet issues — as second lady when her husband was vice president, Jill Biden focused on military families. Emhoff’s role as second gentleman has yet to be fully fleshed out by the Biden-Harris transition team.
“This role at Georgetown will be separate and apart from his official role as second gentleman, and Mr. Emhoff continues to work with the Biden-Harris transition team to develop the portfolio he will focus on to support the work of the administration,” a transition official with knowledge of the decision told POLITICO.
Though it’s not clear what his portfolio might be during the administration, Emhoff has mentioned food insecurity and access to justice as possible areas of focus.
“This concept of access to justice is something that I want to bring to the fore in that role. But I’ll also add, look at where we are right now. It’s gonna be a lot of work for President Biden, Vice President Harris, First Lady Jill Biden and whatever-my-title-will-be Douglas Emhoff,” he said in September, “We’re gonna have to reestablish trust in government from the American people after four years of lies and gaslighting and incompetence. The American people deserve better. And I’m going to do everything I can with Joe and Kamala and Jill, to help restore that trust both here domestically, and with our friends around the world. So I’m committed to doing that as well.”