Harris' husband to quit law firm

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US vice president-elect Kamala Harris' husband Doug Emhoff will leave his job as a partner with a high-profile law firm to focus on his role in the new administration of Joe Biden.

A campaign spokeswoman said on Tuesday that Emhoff will sever ties with DLA Piper by Inauguration Day.

Emhoff took a leave of absence from the firm in August, when Harris was named Joe Biden's running mate.

Biden and Harris are due to be inaugurated on January 20.

While Emhoff is not a lobbyist, the firm has lobbied the federal government on behalf of a range of corporate clients.

Ethics experts say that connection could have presented an appearance of conflicts of interest as the Biden administration tries to restore trust and ethics in government following President Donald Trump's norm-shattering presidency.

Emhoff is working with the transition team to determine the issues he will take on as the vice presidential spouse.

He is the first man to hold that role as Harris is set to be the country's first female vice president.