Barnes, Stubbs make history as first African Americans to hold their offices


Barnes, Stubbs make history as first African Americans to hold their offices

MADISON, Wis. – With the new round of political leaders in the state comes a historic moment: As he was sworn in Monday, Mandela Barnes became the first African-American to hold the position of lieutenant governor in the state of Wisconsin.

Barnes is only the second African-American in state history to hold a statewide elected position, after Vel Phillips in 1978. He addressed the history in his speech after he was sworn in.

 

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