Sheila Oliver Becomes State's First Black Lieutenant Governor

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Sheila Oliver First Black Lt. Governor in NJSheila Oliver made history Tuesday night, Nov. 7th, becoming the first black lieutenant governor in New Jersey.

With Phil Murphy’s victory in Tuesday night’s gubernatorial election, his running mate, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, becomes the state’s first black lieutenant governor. 

Once inaugurated with Murphy in 2018, Oliver will take over Kim Guadagno’s position as the second highest-ranking official in the State of New Jersey.
Guadagno lost to Murphy in the race for governor. 

From Newark, Oliver, 65, is also the first African-American woman Assembly Speaker in New Jersey. She has served in the lower house of the state Legislature since 2004. Prior to that she served a stint in the late 1990s on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Oliver and New Jersey’s big night was coupled with the news in Virginia — where there was another Democratic sweep — that it had voted in its first black lieutenant governor since 1990. 

Justin Fairfax became the second black lieutenant governor in Virginia’s history Tuesday night. 


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