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Justin E. Fairfax

Justin was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on November 7, 2017. Justin is only the second African-American in history, and the first in nearly 30 years since the tenure of Governor L. Douglas Wilder, to be elected to statewide office in Virginia. His Inauguration took place on January 13, 2018.

Justin, 38, has been recognized as one of the top young attorneys in the nation and a rising star in American politics. He is a prominent and highly successful lawyer, political figure, philanthropist, and a proud husband, father, and community leader. In 2013, at the age of 34, Justin was awarded the National Bar Association’s “Nation’s Best Advocates Award,” which recognizes 40 top attorneys nationwide under the age of 40. He most recently served as a top commercial and white-collar criminal litigator in the Northern Virginia office of the prestigious law firm, Venable, LLP, which he departed in January 2018 to focus on his duties as Lieutenant Governor during his first General Assembly session.

He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit of the Alexandria Division. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, he was appointed to serve as the Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. Prior to his service as a federal prosecutor, he worked as a litigator at WilmerHale, LLP in Washington, D.C., following his stint as a federal law clerk to United States District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.

Justin received a scholarship to attend Columbia Law School where he was selected to be a member of the Columbia Law Review and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2005. He also received a scholarship to attend Duke University where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in Public Policy Studies and was selected as the class graduation speaker for the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.

Fairfax Family

Justin went on to serve a three-year term on the Duke University Board of Trustees and is currently serving his third three-year term on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Terry Sanford School of Public Policy.

Justin’s wife, Dr. Cerina W. Fairfax, DDS is a graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA and of Duke University. In 2015, Dr. Fairfax was honored by the VCU School of Dentistry as the Most Outstanding Alumna of the Last Decade. The Fairfaxes have one son, Cameron, and one daughter, Carys, and live in Northern Virginia where they own a home and a thriving family dental practice.


History of the Office
Forty-two individuals have served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor

The official responsibilities of Virginia's Lieutenant Governor are set forth in Article V of the Constitution of Virginia. According to the Constitution of Virginia, the Lieutenant Governor's official duties are to serve as President of the Senate and preside over the Senate.

The Lieutenant Governor is elected at the same time as the Governor, but in Virginia, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected separately, i.e., they do not run as a ticket. Therefore, it is possible to have a Governor and Lieutenant Governor of different political parties.

The Constitution of Virginia also provides that the Lieutenant Governor is first in the line of succession to Governor. Should the Governor be unable to serve due to death, disqualification or resignation, the Lieutenant Governor shall become Governor.

In addition to these Constitutional responsibilities, the Code of Virginia provides that the Lieutenant Governor shall serve as a member of several other state boards, commissions and councils, including the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Center for Rural Virginia; the Board of Directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Virginia Tourism Authority; the Virginia Military Advisory Council, the Commonwealth Preparedness Council and the Council on Virginia's Future.

While the Governor is limited by the Constitution of Virginia to serving only one four year term, there is no limit on the number of terms that can be served by the Lieutenant Governor.

Lieutenant Governors under the Commonwealth, 1852-1865
  • Shelton Farrar Leake, from Albemarle County 1852-1856
  • Elisha W. McComas, from Cabell County (now WV) 1856-1857
  • William Lowther Jackson, from Wood County (now WV) 1857-1860
  • Robert Latane Montague, from Middlesex County 1860-1864
  • Samuel Price, from Greenbrier County (now WV) 1864-1865
  • Daniel Polsley, from Mason County (now WV) 1861-1863
Lieutenant Governors under the Restored Government, 1861-1865
  • Daniel Polsley, from Mason County (now WV) 1861-1863
  • Leopold Copeland Parker Cowper, from Norfolk County 1863-1865
Lieutenant Governors under the Commonwealth, 1865-Current
  • Leopold Copeland Parker Cowper, from Norfolk County 1865-1869
  • John Francis Lewis, from Rockingham County 1869-1870
  • John Lawrence Marye, Jr., from Spotsylvania County 1870-1874
  • Robert Enoch Withers, from Campbell County 1874-1875
  • Henry Wirtz Thomas, from Fairfax County 1875-1878
  • James Alexander Walker, from Pulaski County 1878-1882
  • John Francis Lewis, from Rockingham County 1882-1886
  • John Edward "Parson" Massey, from Albemarle County 1886-1890
  • James Hoge Tyler, from Pulaski County 1890-1894 (Became Governor in 1898)
  • Robert Craig Kent, from Wythe County 1894-1898
  • Edward Echols, from the City of Staunton 1898-1902
  • Joseph Edward Willard, from Fairfax County 1902-1906
  • James Taylor Ellyson, from the City of Richmond 1906-1918
  • Benjamin Franklin Buchanan, from Smyth County 1918-1922
  • Junius Edgar West, from the City of Suffolk 1922-1930
  • James Hubert Price, from the City of Richmond 1930-1938
  • Saxon Winston Holt, from the City of Newport News 1938-1940 (Died in office; unexpired term unfilled)
  • William Munford Tuck, from South Boston, Halifax County 1942-1946
  • Lewis Preston Collins, II, from Smyth County 1946-1952 (Died in office)
  • Allie Edward Stokes Stephens, from the Isle of Wight County, 1952-1962 (Filled the unexpired term of Lewis Preston Collins, II)
  • Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr., from Nansemond County 1962-1966 (Became Governor 1966)
  • Fred Gresham Pollard, from the City of Richmond 1966-1970
  • Julian Sargeant Reynolds, from the City of Richmond 1970-1971 (Died in office)
  • Henry Evans Howell, Jr., from the City of Norfolk 1971-1974 (Filled the unexpired term of Julian Sargeant Reynolds)
  • John Nichols Dalton, from the City of Radford 1974-1978
  • Charles Spittal Robb, from Fairfax County 1978-1982 (Became Governor in 1982)
  • Richard Joseph Davis, from the City of Portsmouth 1982-1986
  • Lawrence Douglas Wilder, from the City of Richmond 1986-1990 (Became Governor in 1990)
  • Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr., from Fairfax County 1990-1998
  • John Henry Hager, from the City of Richmond 1998-2002
  • Timothy M. Kaine, from the City of Richmond 2002-2006 (Became Governor in 2006)
  • William T. Bolling, from Hanover County 2006-2014
  • Ralph S. Northam, from City of Norfolk (Became Governor in 2018) 2014-2018
  • Justin E. Fairfax, from Fairfax County 2018-Current

Justin is proud to serve on the following
Boards and Commissions

Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel

Emergency management and homeland security within the Commonwealth ensuiring effective response to man-made and natural disasters.

Virginia Tourism Authority

Promotes and develops the tourism and motion picture industries to stimulate Virginia’s economy and enhance the quality of life of all Virginians.

Center for Rural Virginia

Works with policymakers and stakeholders to create innovative solutions and expand entrepreneurial opportunities to ensure economic prosperity for all regions of the Commonwealth.

Virginia Military Advisory Council

Growing the Military Mission in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

To create funding resources to enhance an environment of discovery that challenges all people to embrace the ideals – and consequences – of early American history.

Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission

To determine and recommend to the General Assembly an appropriate monument in Capitol Square to commemorate the life, achievements, and legacy of American Indians in the Commonwealth.


Lawrence Roberts

Larry Roberts
Chief of Staff

Larry Roberts has a long history of involvement in the legal, civic, and political life of the Commonwealth. He served as Counselor to Governor Tim Kaine from 2006-2009 after a successful career in communications law where he served as President of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Larry served as Chair of the Board of the Virginia Public Access Project and has been a Board member for many organizations including VPAP, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, Virginia FREE, and the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia.

Larry is also the founding Chair of a charitable foundation that has distributed millions of dollars in college scholarships and contributions to organizations serving those in need. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center. Most recently, Larry was a lawyer in private practice at Venable LLP. Virginia Law Weekly named Larry as one of its 2017 Virginia Leaders in the Law and Venable awarded him its 2017 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award.

Ed Reed

Ed Reed
Deputy Chief of Staff

Ed Reed currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. Just before that appointment, he served as the Transition Director for Lt. Governor Fairfax. He previously served as the Political Director for the Lt. Governor-Elect’s successful 2017 campaign. Prior to that role, Ed served as chief of staff in the Senate of Virginia and as a legislative assistant in the Virginia House of Delegates.

A native of the Northern Neck, Ed earned his Bachelor’s degree in business management from Hampton University in 2010 and is a 2016 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute. In 2016, he was named Top 40 Under 40 for Hampton University Alumni.

Ed Reed

Adele McClure
Outreach and Policy Director

Prior to joining the Lt. Governor’s office, Adele worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP in the Federal industry. Earlier in her career, Adele worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Raised in Alexandria, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2011 and is a 2016 graduate of a Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership program.

Adele currently serves as a member of the VCU Alumni Association Board of Governors and as an Executive Committee member of the Arlington 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Her many civic activities include previously serving as a member of the Arlington Community Services Board (CSB), as a member of the Arlington CSB Substance Use Disorder Committee, as an Arlington County Election Officer, and as a consumer member on the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia Board of Directors. Over the past five years, Adele has worked on numerous local and national campaigns. She also served as a volunteer Outreach and Policy Advisor on the 2017 Fairfax for Lt. Governor campaign.

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102 Governor Street
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Phone: 804-786-2078
Fax: 804-786-7514

Office of the Lt. Governor
P.O. Box 1195
Richmond, Virginia 23218

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