American president, Joe Bidden, and his deputy, Kamala Harris have finally been sworn in. 

The inauguration was different from other years. Instead of crowds of supporters, the National Mall featured thousands of flags, representing the American citizens, and those who have lost their lives to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Biden’s supporters were asked to stay home, in support of the campaign against the virus, and instead the new president walked the streets with his security personnel and his family. At one point he left his motorcade and walked side by side with his wife and children. A heartfelt moment for those who know the family’s tragic history of loss.

But inauguration day was one of victory, and celebration. A coming-together of generations, and communities. Biden, a 78-year-old career politician from Delaware, and Kamala Harris – his chosen second-in-command and a 56-year-old former attorney general of California.

The entire ceremony was deeply spiritual, with both Biden and Harris also acknowledging the incredible role and support their families play in their lives. So who are the support systems behind the US’s new leaders?

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We took a closer look at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s family.

Jan 20, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence depart the U.S. Capitol with escort by Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff on the East Front steps of the U.S. Capitol following the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol.
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Joe Biden’s family 

Neilia Hunter Biden

A school teacher, Neilia Hunter Biden was Biden’s first wife whom she lost in a car crash in 1972. They were married for six years and together had three children;  Naomi Christina Biden, Beau Biden, Hunter Biden

Naomi Christina Biden

Naomi was born on  8 November 1971 and died on 18 December with her mother in a car accident. Beau and Hunter were also in the car accident. They were injured but fortunately survived the crash. 

Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden is turning 51 on 4 February and is an American lawyer. He has four children, Finnegan BidenMaisy BidenNaomi Biden and Beau Biden. Beau was born in late 2020 and was named after his late uncle. 

His wife Melissa Cohen attended the inauguration with the family. 

Beau Biden

Beau Biden was 46 when he was buried in June 2015. He is a former Attorney General of Delaware and his two children Natalie Biden and Robert Biden II whom she had with his wife Hallie Biden were both in attendance of the inauguration. 

Jill Biden 

Jille Biden, like the president’s first wife, is also an educator. They have been married since 1977 and have one child together, Ashley Biden who is a social worker. Ashley is their youngest daughter, born in 1981. 

 

Kamala Harris’ family 

Doug Emhoff 

Doug and Harris got married in 2014. This is Doug’s second marriage after separating with his first wife Kerstin Emhoff after 16 years of marriage in 2008. They have two children together, which makes Kamala a step-mom of two. 

 

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Cole Emhoff

Cole Emhoff is the eldest sibling and is a film producer like her mother Kerstin. 

Ella Emhoff

Ella is 22 years and is an art and design enthusiast. She has been praised online for her fashion sense and people say they cannot wait to be served with iconic looks for four years. 

 

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Maya Harris 

Maya is Kamala’s little sister and is also a lawyer. She has previously been involved in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, so this was not new territory for her. Maya sobbed with pride when her sister was being inaugurated. She attended the inauguration with her husband 

Meena Harris

Meena is Maya’s daughter and is a lawyer like her mother and aunt. She owns a clothing brand called Phenomenal Women. She blew people away with a green ensemble that she wore at the inauguration. Meena is currently married to Nikolas Ajagu and they have two daughters, Amara and Leela. They were also in attendance at the inauguration.