Why Kamala Harris’ Move Into VP Residence Is Being Delayed


The Inauguration may be over, but some logistics are still being worked out for the new presidential administration.

According to an aide on her team, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff are holding off on moving into the Naval Observatory for now. 

The Observatory, built in 1893, is currently undergoing some maintenance on its chimney and other items in the house. The delay was first reported by CBS and confirmed by the aide to NBC News

VP Harris and her husband have a condo in Washington, D.C. as she’s served as a Senator from California for the last four years, but it’s unclear where they’ll live until the repairs are completed. 

Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife moved out of the six-bedroom home before Wednesday’s Inauguration (January 20) to complete the transition of power. 

The Naval Observatory was originally built to house the superintendent of the US Naval Observatory, but in 1923, the residence housed the chief of naval operations. Walter Mondale, President Jimmy Carter’s VP, was the first vice president to use the home as their official residence. Mondale lived there from 1977-1981, after Congress refurbished in 1974, according to the White House.

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