Black History Facts-Mandela Barnes WI 1st Black LT Governor

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Mandela Barnes (1986-)

This Black History fact is in honor of Mandela Barnes the community advocate and politician from Milwaukee's roughest zip code 53206 who became the state of Wisconsin's first Black Lieutenant Governor. Barnes was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and is the son of a retired MPS teacher and auto worker. He attended John Marshall High School and later went to earn his college degree at Alabama A&M University (telecommunications) In 2012 he took his first steps into politics by announcing his candidacy for the Wisconsin state assembly. At just the age of 25 Barnes was elected to the State Assembly (District 11) he also became the chair of the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus. Fast forward to 2018 when Barnes ran for LT Governor for the state of Wisconsin beside fellow Democrat Tony Evers who ran for Governor. The two won the huge election over the incumbent Scott Walker and in the process made history with Mandela Barnes becoming the state's first Black LT Governor. In addition to politics Barnes is involved in many community organizations serving the greater Milwaukee Area including: the Newaukee Advisory Board, Social X Advisory Board, past Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County, Board Member for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Advisory Board Member for the New Leaders Council, Community Advisory Board Member for the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility NAACP and the Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals.

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