|Lieutenant Governor-elect of Virginia|
January 15, 2022
|Governor||Glenn Youngkin (elect)|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 90th district
January 13, 2002 – January 14, 2004
|Preceded by||Billy Robinson|
|Succeeded by||Algie Howell|
March 11, 1964
|Education||Tidewater Community College (AA)|
Old Dominion University (BA)
Regent University (MA)
|Branch/service||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1983–1986|
Winsome Earle Sears (born March 11, 1964) is an American politician and businesswoman who is the lieutenant governor-elect of Virginia. She is a member of the Republican Party. Sears served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2004. She lost a write-in bid in Virginia for the U.S. Senate in 2018. In the 2021 election in Virginia, she won the race for lieutenant governor, becoming the first woman and first person of Jamaican origin to be elected statewide.
Sears was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States at the age of six. Her father arrived with just $1.75 and took any job he could find while also continuing his education. She grew up in the Bronx, New York City. She served as an electrician in the United States Marines. Sears earned an A.A. from Tidewater Community College, a B.A. in English with a minor in economics from Old Dominion University and an M.A. in organizational leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 
In November 2001, Sears upset 20-year Democratic incumbent Billy Robinson while running for the 90th district seat in Virginia's House of Delegates, becoming the first Jamaican female Republican, first female veteran, and first naturalized citizen delegate, to serve in the body.
On November 2, 2021, she won the race on a ticket with gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, becoming the first black woman elected to a statewide office in Virginia. In her victory speech she said, "When I joined the Marine Corps, I was still a Jamaican. But this country had done so much for me, I was willing, willing, to die for this country.”  She is expected to be inaugurated as the 42nd lieutenant governor of Virginia on January 15, 2022.
Sears is married to a Marine Corps veteran with two surviving daughters. She took leave of politics after 2004 to care for a daughter with bipolar disorder, who died in a 2012 car crash along with Sears' two young granddaughters. She and her family live in Winchester, Virginia.
Sears owns an appliance and plumbing repair store in Virginia.
|Virginia House of Delegates, 90th district|
|November 6, 2001||General||Winsome Sears||Republican||6,696||53%|
|William "Billy" Robinson Jr. (incumbent)||Democratic||6,017||47%|
|Republican defeated Democratic incumbent|
|Virginia 3rd congressional district|
|November 2, 2004||General||Bobby Scott (incumbent)||Democratic||159,373||69%|
|Democratic incumbent held seat|
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