Justin Fairfax

41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

Justin Edward Fairfax (born February 17, 1979)[1][2] is an American attorney and politician. He is the 41st and current Lieutenant Governor of Virginia since 2018. He is a member of the Democratic Party, he beat Republican nominee Jill Vogel in the 2017 election.

Justin Fairfax
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41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Assumed office
January 13, 2018
GovernorRalph Northam
Preceded byRalph Northam
Personal details
Justin Edward Fairfax

(1979-02-17) February 17, 1979 (age 41)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Cerina Fairfax (m. 2006)
EducationDuke University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)
WebsiteGovernment website

Fairfax is the second African American elected statewide, following Douglas Wilder, who was elected to the same position in 1985 and became Virginia Governor in the 1989.

In early February 2019, Big League Politics[3] reported that Fairfax had been accused by Vanessa C. Tyson, an associate professor at Scripps College and fellow at Stanford University, of sexual assault at a hotel at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.[4]


  1. Armour, Evanne (2017-09-12). "One-on-one with Lt. Gov. candidate Justin Fairfax". WAVY-TV. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  2. Johnson, Jason. "The Root Presents On the Run: 2017 Campaign Edition". The Root. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. Gabriel, Trip; Grynbaum, Michael M. (February 4, 2019). "With Northam Picture, Obscure Publication Plays Big Role in Virginia Politics" – via NYTimes.com.
  4. "Virginia governor's deputy Justin Fairfax denies assault claims". Bbc.com. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.