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Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris' husband leaves job at powerhouse law firm DLA Piper

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff celebrate after Joe Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during the 4th and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as participants from across the country are hosted over video links from the originally planned site of the convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

(Reuters) - Douglas Emhoff, the husband of U.S. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, will leave his job at one of the country’s largest law firms by January to focus on supporting the incoming Biden administration, a campaign representative said on Tuesday.

Emhoff took a leave of absence from the law firm, DLA Piper, in August, after now President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, named Harris as his running mate. Biden, who faced off against President Donald Trump, on Nov. 3, captured the presidency on Saturday.

A Biden campaign representative on Tuesday said Emhoff will sever all ties with DLA Piper by Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2021.

Emhoff joined DLA Piper from the law firm Venable LLP in 2017.

His clients have included the makers of the movie “American Made” and National Football League wide receiver Willie Gault, as well as corporations Merck and Walmart, court records show.

Harris and Emhoff have been married since 2014, when she was serving as California’s attorney general. She became a U.S. Senator for California in 2017.

Reporting by Caroline Spiezio; Editing by David Bario, Noeleen Walder and TK