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Ja-born Winsome Sears sworn in as Lt Governor of the state of Virginia

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Washington, DC:

Winsome Earle-Sears was last Saturday sworn in as the 42nd Lt Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Jamaica-born Sears is the first woman to serve as a lieutenant governor and the first black woman to hold a statewide office in the Commonwealth.

The oath of office was administered on the steps of the State Capitol building in Richmond, the Virginia capital city, on Saturday, January 15, by retired judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Richard D. Taylor, Jr.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey P. Marks, expressed congratulations on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, as well as Jamaicans all across the diaspora in America, at a reception following the swearing-in.She said: “How enormously proud we are of you, not only because you won but because you have done so with uncommon grace and have in the process drawn renewed, decidedly positive attention as an exemplar of Jamaicans here, representing respected models of responsible citizenship and as able, contributing members of the American society.

“I applaud you as well for the inspiration that you have provided to so many Jamaicans in the US and all over, from your journey that began in Jamaica and continues in Virginia as a Jamaican immigrant commanding the second highest post in the Commonwealth.”

Ambassador Marks spoke to the respect that Lt Governor Earle-Sears “has garnered from literally millions of observers around this country who see in you yet another exemplary leader contributing to the building of society.

“Our earnest support for you and the new administration, as you settle into leading the business of all Virginians. We are confident that across this nation, and in fact beyond, many will find in and through your leadership a very timely dose of inspiration as you model the highest ideals,” Ambassador Marks concluded. In her response, Lt Governor Earle-Sears said she was honoured and humbled to be sworn in as the first woman to this high office. She pledged continued commitment to serving the people of Virginia.

The Virginia Lt Governor, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, said during her tenure she will be partnering with the Embassy of Jamaica and the ambassador to look at how they could collaborate in improving trade, education and tourism as well as twinning with a number of towns.

The Jamaican ambassador also congratulated newly sworn-in governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia Glen Youngkin and his team, and pledged her support for the new administration.