Winsome Sears

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Winsome Sears

42nd Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Taking office
January 15, 2022
Succeeding Justin Fairfax

Born March 11, 1964
Kingston, Jamaica
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Terence Sears
Children 3

Military Service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1983–1986

Winsome Earle Sears (born in 1964) is a Jamaican-born American Republican politician and businesswoman serving as the 42nd lieutenant governor of Virginia for governor Glenn Youngkin. She is the first black woman, first female veteran, and the first legal immigrant to serve in this position.[1]

Sears earned an AA from Tidewater Community College, a BA in from Old Dominion University and an MA from Regent University. She also has served in the United States Marines. She built a successful business as a trained electrician and served as director of a women’s homeless shelter for The Salvation Army.

She previously served as Vice President of the Virginia State Board of Education and received presidential appointments to the US Census Bureau where she co-chaired the African American Committee and the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.