Second Ladies and Gentlemen of the United States

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Second Gentleman of the United States
Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff.jpg
Incumbent
Doug Emhoff

since January 20, 2021
Style
  • Second Gentleman
  • Mr. Emhoff
ResidenceNumber One Observatory Circle
Inaugural holderAbigail Adams
(as second lady)
Douglas Emhoff
(as second gentleman)
FormationApril 21, 1789 (233 years ago)
Websitehttps://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/douglas-emhoff/

The Second Lady of the United States or Second Gentleman of the United States (SLOTUS or SGOTUS), is the informal title held by hostess of the Number One Observatory Circle, usually the wife or husband of the Vice President of the United States, during the vice president's term in office. Doug Emhoff is the current Second Gentleman of the United States, in role since January 2021 as the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris.[1]

12 second ladies went on and became become First Lady of the United States following their husbands becoming President of the United States, the first being Abigail Adams and the most recent woman is Jill Biden.

Origins and Role[change | change source]

The second lady or gentleman is not elected by the people of the United States. There are no official jobs he or she is officially required to perform and they are not paid for being the second spouse, but they are often involved in political campaigns, managements of the Number One Observatory Circle, participating in social causes and representing the vice president at official and ceremonial occasions and accompanying the vice president on foreign summits and events.

List of second ladies and gentlemen of the United States[change | change source]

Abigail Adams · Ann Gerry · Hannah Minthorne Tompkins · Floride Calhoun · Letitia Christian Tyler · Sophia Dallas · Abigail Fillmore · Mary Cyrene Burch Breckinridge · Ellen Vesta Emery Hamlin · Eliza Johnson · Ellen Maria Colfax · Eliza Hendricks · Anna Morton · Letitia Stevenson · Jennie Tuttle Hobart · Edith Roosevelt · Cornelia Cole Fairbanks · Carrie Babcock Sherman · Lois Irene Marshall · Grace Coolidge · Caro Dawes · Mariette Rheiner Garner · Ilo Wallace · Bess Truman · Jane Hadley Barkley · Pat Nixon · Lady Bird Johnson · Muriel Humphrey Brown · Judy Agnew · Betty Ford · Happy Rockefeller · Joan Mondale · Barbara Bush · Marilyn Quayle · Tipper Gore · Lynne Cheney · Jill Biden · Karen Pence · Doug Emhoff

List of living former second ladies[change | change source]

Marilyn Quayle served as the second lady from 1989 to 1993.
Tipper Gore served as the second lady from 1993 to 2001.
Lynne Cheney served as the second lady from 2001 to 2009.
Jill Biden served as the second lady from 2009 to 2017.
Karen Pence served as the second lady from 2017 to 2021.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kamala Harris' husband will be the second gentleman. She'll still call him 'honey'". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2020-12-05.