Justin Edward Fairfax is an attorney and politician currently serving as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
Growing up, Justin didn’t have much money, but he was surrounded by family love and spiritual wealth. After his parents’ divorce, Justin, along with his mother and three older siblings, moved into his grandparents’ house in inner-city Washington, DC, until his mom could save enough to buy her own house. Defying the odds, Justin’s mom put all four of her children through college – and two through law school. Justin received scholarships to Duke University, where he graduated with a degree in Public Policy Studies, and Columbia Law School, where he was selected for the Columbia Law Review.
As Justin grew up, he felt determined to re-pay his spiritual debt by dedicating himself to public service – to help others gain access to the kind of opportunities he had to pursue his American dream, no matter where they start in life.
He ran for public office for the first time in 2013, seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. He lost to Mark Herring, but surprised party insiders with his strong performance in the primary. In 2017, Justin E. Fairfax was elected Lt.Governor, becoming only the second African American elected statewide in Virginia, following Douglas Wilder, elected Governor in 1989.