More women are running for the Democratic Presidential nomination than ever before. And if one of them wins, we’ll finally learn what it’s like to have a female head of state — and, yes, a First Man.
The women running are formidable and accomplished, and their partners are no slouches, either. They are a colorful crew, running the gamut from a filmmaking surfer to a pool-playing professor.
These are the men who married five of the women running for president in 2020.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar met her husband, a fellow Minnesotan, in a pool hall.
Minnesota Senator Klobuchar met her husband, John Bessler, in a pool hall in the early ‘90s, according to YourTango. They married in 1993 and Bessler is “the first man to be active in the Senate spouse club,” Klobuchar has said. “They meet every week, they plan a luncheon with the first lady. He got on the hospitality committee!”
Bessler is a private practice attorney and a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He’s reportedly an expert when it comes to the death penalty. He’s “written seven books, most about capital punishment.” Sounds… intense! He also has his own government connections: he once clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Mason of the District of Minnesota, according to YourTango.
The couple has one daughter, Abigail.
Sen. Kamala Harris married a fellow lawyer.
California Senator and former Attorney General Harris is married to Douglas Emhoff, a fellow lawyer and an avid tweeter. He even posted a Valentine’s Day selfie of himself and his presidential candidate wife.
Emhoff specializes in entertainment and intellectual property law and has two children from a previous relationship who get to call Harris their step-mother. Appropriately for two lawyers, Harris and Emhoff held their 2014 wedding in a courthouse.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren famously proposed to her husband, Bruce H. Mann.
Massachusetts Senator Warren didn’t wait around for her husband, Bruce H. Mann, to propose to her. She was so moved by watching him teach back in 1980, she asked him to marry her afterward.
Mann is a legal historian who currently holds the position of Carl F. Schipper, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He also built Warren a shelf with hooks for their 37th wedding anniversary in 2017, and she was floored.
Warren was previously married to Jim Warren from 1968 to 1978.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s husband is a British financier.
Gillibrand, a New York Senator, reportedly met her husband John Gillibrand on a blind date. At the time, he was pursuing an MBA from Columbia University and she was already hard at work as a lawyer.
Mr. Gillibrand has worked as a venture capitalist, a trader, and a finance manager, according to Marie Claire. He’s admittedly much more low-key than his wife, although he supports her political aspirations. Sen. Gillibrand has said he has a tough time dealing with public attacks on his wife, but other than that, he’s totally gung-ho about her job.
The couple were married in 2001 and they have two sons.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is married to a cinematographer who once shot her campaign photos.
Gabbard, a Democratic representative from Hawaii, knew husband Abraham Williams for a while, but she didn’t become friendly with him until he volunteered to shoot photos for her congressional campaign ads, Gabbard told the New York Times. (Yes, the couple made it into the Vows column, which is no small feat.)
They became close through a mutual love of surfing — he actually proposed by affixing an engagement ring to his board and presenting it to Gabbard while they were surfing, according to the Times. They held a Hindu wedding ceremony, the first of its kind for a US lawmaker.
They married in 2015 when she was 33 and he was 26. Williams still works as a cinematographer, mostly shooting short films and commercials. Also, Gabbard was previously married to Eduardo Tamayo from 2002 to 2006.