Mandela Barnes

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes serves as Wisconsin’s 45th lieutenant governor. He is the first African American to serve as a lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, and the second African American elected to statewide office.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Lt. Gov. Barnes is the son of a public school teacher and a manufacturing assembly line worker, and he is a proud product of Milwaukee Public Schools and a graduate of Alabama A&M University.

After college, Lt. Gov. Barnes worked for various political campaigns and in the city of Milwaukee mayor’s office, and then as an organizer for Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope, a Milwaukee-based interfaith coalition that advocates for social justice.

At the age of 25, Lt. Gov. Barnes was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he served two terms. Now, as lieutenant governor, he serves as the chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change and also serves on the Governor’s Health Equity Council, Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and Capability, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Wisconsin Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, and the statewide 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.

The lieutenant governor uses a platform of sustainability and equity to fight for solutions that invest in opportunities and fairness for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin, regardless of zip code.