By Julia Johnson
March 31, 2022
The Washington Examiner
Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears slammed President Joe Biden’s attempts to blame energy prices on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, saying “the American people aren’t stupid” and aren’t falling for it.
“They know that prices were rising from the day that he started,” Sears told the Washington Examiner after speaking at an event at American University in Washington, D.C., hosted by the AU College Republicans and the AU Network of Enlightened Women.
“We were a net exporter of energy before he came into office, and he changed all that. So this is pretty much squarely on his shoulders and the shoulders of Democrats.”
Of the president’s response to rampant inflation, Sears told the Washington Examiner, “We ought to continue to drill,” adding that “he should open the Keystone Pipeline.”
The lieutenant governor praised the president for news that he is releasing one-third of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve but said, “We should’ve replenished it when President Trump wanted to do so.”
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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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By Andy Fox
January 6, 2022
Virginia’s political power for the three state-wide offices transfers from Democrats to Republicans, as does control of the House of Delegates, this month.
Former Del. Winsome Sears made history in November by becoming the first woman elected as Virginia’s 42nd lieutenant governor.
On Wednesday, Sears sat down with 10 On Your Side one-on-one. She told us she always thought she would win, but there were many skeptics out there. Sears has often been underestimated, she said.
She won a stunning upset in 2001, defeating 20-year Democratic Norfolk Del. Billy Robinson. In 2004, Sears unsuccessfully ran against Congressman Bobby Scott in the heavily Democratic 3rd District.
Many people in Virginia were introduced to Winsome Sears through a campaign picture of her holding an AR-15.
“That picture does a few things; it shows women as powerful. I’m familiar with this gun. I’m a Marine. I had to train with this AR-15, and they shoved it in my face and told me it was my best friend,” she said.
On election night, Sears became the first Black woman elected to a statewide position.
“It was a historic night, but I did not run to make history. I just wanted to leave it better than I found it,” she said.
She was once described as a Marine veteran, former unwed mother who married and became an evangelical Christian.
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The incoming lieutenant governor of Virginia was an unlikely candidate: a deeply conservative Black woman, and an immigrant, who supports Donald Trump.
By Campbell Robertson
Dec. 27, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. — On a December afternoon, Winsome Sears, Virginia’s lieutenant governor-elect, stood at the podium in the State Senate chamber where she will soon preside. It was empty but for a few clerks and staffers who were walking her through a practice session, making pretend motions and points of order. Ms. Sears followed along as the clerks explained arcane Senate protocols, though she occasionally raised matters that weren’t in the script.
“What if they’re making a ruckus?” Ms. Sears asked her tutors.
Then, a clerk said, pointing to the giant wooden gavel at Ms. Sears’s right hand, you bang that. Ms. Sears smiled.
That she was standing here at all was an improbability built upon unlikelihoods. Her campaign was a long shot, late in starting, skimpily funded and repeatedly overhauled. The political trajectory that preceded it was hardly more auspicious: She appeared on the scene 20 years ago, winning a legislative seat in an upset, but after one term and a quixotic bid for Congress, disappeared from electoral politics. She briefly surfaced in 2018, announcing a write-in protest against Virginia’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, but this earned her little beyond a few curious mentions in the press.
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