Gregory Francis

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Gregory Francis
Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis.jpg
10th Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
In office
January 1, 2007 – January 5, 2015
Governor John de Jongh
Preceded by Vargrave Richards
Succeeded by Osbert Potter
Personal details
Born (1951-08-30) August 30, 1951 (age 65)
St. Croix, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cheryl Francis
Children 4
Alma mater University of the Virgin Islands

Gregory R. Francis (born August 30, 1951 in Saint Croix) is a politician in the United States Virgin Islands. A Democrat, he served as Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands from January 1, 2007 to January 5, 2015 having been elected on a ticket with Governor John de Jongh.


Early life[edit]

Gregory Francis was born in Saint Croix on August 30, 1951, to Olric Francis and Hyacinth Wilson-Francis. He is one of seven siblings, the others of whom are Olrick, Herbert, Kathleen, Howard, Milton, Kenneth, and Arthur.

Francis attended Christiansted Grammar School, Christiansted High School and Saint Croix Central High School. He received a paralegal certificate from the University of the Virgin Islands in 1984 while serving in the United States Army.

Military career[edit]

Francis moved to New York City after graduation from high school, where he planned to attend a trade school. However, because of a one-year residency requirement for the school, Francis enlisted in the United States Army instead.

Francis would spend 27 years in the Army. He served as a Command Program Support Specialist, Supervisory Military Personal Specialist and a Recruiting and Retention Manager. He was stationed in Germany, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands during his military career.

Political offices
Preceded by
Vargrave Richards
Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
January 1, 2007 –January 5, 2015
Succeeded by
Osbert Potter