Winsome Sears

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Winsome Sears
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 90th district
In office
January 9, 2002 – January 14, 2004
Preceded by William P. Robinson, Jr.
Succeeded by Algie Howell
Personal details
Born ( 1964 -03-11) March 11, 1964 (age 53)
Kingston, Jamaica
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Terence Sears
Alma mater Tidewater Community College
Old Dominion University
Regent University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1983–1986

Winsome Earle Sears (born March 11, 1964) is an American politician. She was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2004, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives from Virginia's 3rd congressional district in 2004.[1]

Life before politics[edit]

Sears was born in Jamaica and grew up in the Bronx. After graduating from Adlai E. Stevenson High School with honors[citation needed], she joined the US Marine Corps and was trained as an electrician. Sears holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in economics from Old Dominion University and earned her Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Regent University.[1] Before running for public office, Sears ran a homeless shelter.[2] Sears is married and has three children, DeJon, Katia, and Janel.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 90th district
Nov 6, 2001[4] General W E Sears Republican 6,696 53
W P Robinson Jr Democratic 6,017 43
Write Ins 4 0
Republican defeated Democratic incumbent
Virginia 3rd congressional district
Nov 2, 2004[5] General R C Scott Democratic 159,373 69
W E Sears Republican 70,194 31
Write Ins 325 0
Democratic incumbent held seat

Political career[edit]

In November 2001, Sears upset 20-year Democratic incumbent William P. "Billy" Robinson, Jr. while running for the 90th district seat in Virginia's House of Delegates.[4] Sears was the first black female Republican,[6] first female veteran, and the first naturalized citizen delegate, to serve.[7] In 2003, Sears announced that she would not seek a second two-year term as delegate.

Sears challenged Democrat Bobby Scott in 2004 for Virginia's 3rd congressional district seat, but lost,[5] garnering 31 percent of the vote. She obtained the endorsement of James Dobson.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Session 2003; Sears, Winsome Earle". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  2. ^ Carroll, Fred (21 September 2004). "Sears, Scott Square off in Debate". Daily Press. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sterling Women of Winchester: Past Events". Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "General Election – November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  5. ^ a b "General Election – November 2, 2004". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Del. Sears visits Old Dominion class Tuesday". News at Old Dominion University. 2002-11-22. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Bob (December 15, 2001). "Black GOP Woman Stuns Va. Politics". Norfolk, Va.: Associated Press. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Close and Personal; Endorsement from Dr. James Dobson". Winsome Sears for Congress. 2004-09-17. Archived from the original on 2004-12-06. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 


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