Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn in Saturday as Virginia’s 74th governor on the steps of the state Capitol.
The political newcomer and former private equity executive is the commonwealth’s first Republican governor since Bob McDonnell’s 2009 victory.
The commonwealth also made history in electing Republicans Winsome Sears as lieutenant governor and Jason Miyares as attorney general. They are the first Black woman and Latino man to hold statewide office, respectively.
“The people of Virginia just elected the most diverse leadership in commonwealth history,” Youngkin said in his inauguration speech. “Sending a message that Virginia is big enough for the hopes and dreams of a diverse people.”
Sears emigrated from Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of 6. She made history in 2001 as the first Black Republican woman to win a House seat, and she did so beating a Democratic incumbent in a majority Black district.
“It actually encouraged me to do what I wanted to do,” said Jeanett...
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