Mandela Barnes To Become First African-American Lieutenant Governor


Then-Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Mandela Barnes speaks at a rally Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. Morry Gash/AP Photo

Barnes Is Just Second Black Person Elected To Statewide Office In Wisconsin

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 1:10pm

Democrat Tony Evers’ running mate Mandela Barnes will become the first African-American lieutenant governor in Wisconsin history.

The Evers victory over Republican Gov. Scott Walker means Barnes will become just the second black person elected to a statewide office in Wisconsin.

Vel Phillips was the first black person elected to statewide office in 1978. She served as secretary of state for one…

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