Winsome Sears sworn in as first female, woman of color as Virginia’s lieutenant governor

Winsome Sears becomes Virginia’s lt. governor

By Erin Miller
January 14, 2022

Virginia’s first Black female lieutenant governor was sworn in Saturday afternoon. Winsome Sears took office after a nearly 20-year absence from politics.

While the achievement is history-making, Sears said she is more focused on getting to work than receiving praise.

In a one-on-one interview with News 3 reporter Erin Miller, she said, “the voters have spoken, what, two months ago? and here it is – we are finally going to get into office.”

So, how did she get to this point? Sears was born in Kingston, Jamaica, after immigrating to the United States as a child. Sears served in the Marine Corps before starting her own plumbing and electric business.

She also served one-term as a Delegate out of Norfolk, but chose not to run for reelection.

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