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Doug Emhoff and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff, plans to leave his private law practice by Inauguration Day, AP reports.

Why it matters: With Emhoff set to become the first-ever second gentleman, his departure from the law firm, DLA Piper, to support his wife and focus on his role at the White House is unprecedented.

What they're saying: A Biden campaign spokesperson told Axios that Emhoff, 56, "will transition his client practice and sever all ties with DLA Piper before Inauguration Day."

  • "He has been on a leave of absence from his law firm and completely focused on supporting the Biden-Harris campaign since Kamala Harris joined the ticket, and he is not resuming his private law practice at the firm."

Worth noting: Emhoff's decision demonstrates how the Biden administration will try to avoid potential ethical issues, according to AP.

  • DLA Piper has lobbied the federal government on behalf of clients such as Comcast, Raytheon and the Puerto Rican government.
  • Emhoff worked as an entertainment lawyer in southern California and is not a lobbyist.

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