RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia’s new Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears presided over the Senate for the first time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Earle-Sears, who is the first woman of color to be sworn into a statewide office, made her debut as debates surrounding race and education are coming to a boil.
Lt. Governor Earle-Sears, who was also the first Black Republican, female veteran and legal immigrant woman to serve in the House of Delegates, tends not to dwell on the historic nature of her elections. However, she acknowledged its significance, especially for young women who may see her as a role model, in a one-on-one interview on Monday.