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.