Earlier today, Lt. Governor Winsome Sears (R-VA) made history, presiding over the Virginia Senate as the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor and the first black woman to hold statewide office.

Governor Glenn Youngkin shared the moment on Twitter:

“Virginia created history today. Lt. Governor Winsome Sears presided over the Senate as the first black woman to do so in Virginia’s history. I am honored to have a strong, courageous, and bold leader by my side @WinsomeSears.”

“I am proof we are progressing. I am an immigrant and in the former capital of the Confederacy; I’m second in command of eight-point some million people. When are we going to say ‘we can make it, we are making it.’ Let’s look at life as being overcomers. This, too, we will overcome. Say that to Black and Brown children and all other children. Say that to them instead of constantly being divisive. Martin Luther King Jr., that’s what he would have wanted.”

Sears shared more thoughts on Twitter, including a nod to Martin Luther King Jr.:

“We may all have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. My boat was a Pan Am Boeing 737 as an immigrant at the age of 6, and life was not easy, but here I am.  #everforward #LG42 #Virginia

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