Justin Fairfax

41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

Justin Edward Fairfax (born February 17, 1979)[1][2] is an American attorney and politician. He was the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2018 to 2022. He is a member of the Democratic Party, he beat Republican nominee Jill Vogel in the 2017 election.

Justin Fairfax
41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 13, 2018 – January 15, 2022
GovernorRalph Northam
Preceded byRalph Northam
Succeeded byWinsome Sears
Personal details
Justin Edward Fairfax

(1979-02-17) February 17, 1979 (age 45)
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]

In September 2020, Fairfax announced his candidacy for Governor of Virginia.[5] He lost the Democratic nomination to former Governor Terry McAuliffe.

References change

  1. Armour, Evanne (2017-09-12). "One-on-one with Lt. Gov. candidate Justin Fairfax". WAVY-TV. Archived from the original on 2018-02-18. 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.
  5. "Virginia lieutenant governor enters race for governor". Associated Press. Retrieved September 19, 2020.