Republican Winsome Sears, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was elected Virginia's first black female lieutenant governor on Tuesday evening.
Sears, a Jamaican immigrant, served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2004.
The Virginia lieutenant governor is the second-ranking official in the state government and head of the state Senate.
Hala Ayala, her opponent, was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. She is currently the chief deputy whip in the House of Delegates.