Lieutenant Governor, Virginia
In November 2021, Winsome Sears became the first Black woman to be elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Sears immigrated to the United States from Jamaica at the age of six and is the first Jamaican American to be appointed to the role. Prior to entering politics, Sears served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an electrician and worked extensively with nonprofit organizations to help support the homeless.
“My father arrived in the United States with $1.75, took any job he could find to finance our education, and here I sit today because of his investment. America is still the land of opportunity!”