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Justin Fairfax Biography
Justin Edward Fairfax born February 17, 1979, is an American politician and lawyer who has been serving since 2018 as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, he defeated Republican nominee Jill Vogel in the 2017 election. He is the second African American elected statewide, following Douglas Wilder.
|Justin Fairfax Governor||Ralph Northam|
|Justin Fairfax Preceded by||Ralph Northam|
Justin Fairfax Personal details
|Justin Fairfax Born|
Justin Edward Fairfax February 17, 1979
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Justin Fairfax Political party||Democratic|
|Justin Fairfax Spouse(s)|
Cerina Fairfax (m. 2006)
|Justin Fairfax Education||Duke University (BA)|
Columbia University (JD)
Justin Fairfax Short Personal Wiki
Fairfax lives in Annandale, Virginia, with his wife and two children. Fairfax’s wife Cerina W. Fairfax is a dentist.
Justin Fairfax Biography
Fairfax moved with his family from Pittsburgh to Northeast Washington, D.C. when he was five years old. One of four children, Fairfax graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he was senior class president. Fairfax then graduated from Duke University in 2000, with a degree in public policy. He was a briefing coordinator for Tipper Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign of Al Gore, in the campaign’s Nashville, Tennessee office. Fairfax was also a staffer for Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, in the senator’s Washington office.
After serving on the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee for two years, Fairfax attended Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review. Over the summer of 2004, he joined the John Kerry presidential campaign, as a body man for John Edwards.
He then served as law clerk to Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 2005. He worked in the Washington office of the law firm WilmerHale before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in 2010. Fairfax worked for two years as a federal prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia. He served as deputy coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force during this time.
Fairfax ran for public office for the first time in 2013, seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. He lost to Mark Herring, but surprised party insiders with his strong performance in the primary. Herring defeated Fairfax by about 4,500 votes out of 141,600 cast in a closer-than-expected race. The Washington Post praised both candidates during the primary, but endorsed Fairfax, writing that he had displayed “an agile and impressive command of the issues with a prosecutor’s passion for justice.”
After the race, Fairfax co-chaired the 2014 re-election campaign of Virginia Senator Mark Warner. The following year, he was recruited to work at the law firm of Venable LLP, in the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office.
Justin Fairfax and Vanessa Tyson sexual assault Story
In early February 2019, reports emerged that Fairfax had been accused by Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor at Scripps College and fellow at Stanford University, of sexual assault at a hotel at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Tyson had first approached The Washington Post with her allegation shortly before Fairfax’s inauguration in 2018, but the Post said that it decided not to run the story because it could not corroborate the story or find similar incidents in Fairfax’s past. Fairfax denied the accusation, saying his encounter with the woman was consensual and the timing of the reports was intended to smear him amid speculation that he would be elevated to the governorship if Ralph Northam were to resign over the blackface yearbook photograph. Fairfax also insinuated that supporters of Ralph Northam or someone connected with Richmond mayor Levar Stoney, a potential political rival, may have been behind the allegation going public. NBC News reported that Fairfax said “Fuck that bitch” in reference to Tyson in a private staff meeting after the allegation came out, according to two sources in the meeting. Fairfax’s chief of staff and policy director said he did use the f-word but in a different context.
Tyson hired the same attorneys that represented Christine Blasey Ford and on February 6, 2019, released a statement detailing her allegations, saying the encounter started as consensual kissing but ended with Fairfax forcing her to perform oral sex on him. Tyson said she is a Democrat with no political agenda and felt compelled to release the statement because Fairfax “has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation.” In response, Fairfax issued a statement saying, “I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice. But I cannot agree with a description of events that I know is not true.”
Politico reported that the allegation exposed race and gender fault lines in the Democratic Party, as many Democrats who said it was imperative to “believe the woman” in the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh was silent about the allegation against Fairfax. After the story broke, Fairfax hired the same legal team that represented Kavanaugh during his confirmation process, while Tyson hired the same legal team that represented Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
It took Kirk Cox almost 30 years to rise from a freshman GOP member of the Virginia House of Delegates to the legislative body’s speaker.
He could jump to the governorship in a matter of weeks as the state’s top three officials, Democrats all, stagger under the weight of scandals.
First, Gov. Ralph Northam admitted wearing blackface in the 1980s. Then Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault, which he adamantly denies, stemming from a 2004 encounter. Finally, Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he, too, donned blackface in the 1980s.
“The last seven days have been tumultuous for our Commonwealth,” Cox said in a statement late Wednesday. “The revelations against and admissions by the leaders of the executive branch are disturbing.”
If all should fall, Cox would be next in line for the state’s top post. Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, says that, if Northam does exit, he would be the state’s first governor since the Civil War not to complete his term.
But Sabato doesn’t see all three Democrats walking away.
“Speculation that all 3 statewide VA Dem officeholders will resign is overwrought,” Sabato said on Twitter. “One or more will survive. VA Dems won in an anti-Trump landslide in 2017. They’re not going to turn the government over to a pro-Trump GOP House Speaker.”
The tumult began Friday with revelations that Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page contained a photo of one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes. Northam quickly apologized – then the next day said he wasn’t in the photos. He did, however, admit donning blackface for a Michael Jackson dance party more than 30 years ago.
Northam’s jumbled explanations prompted an avalanche of calls for his resignation from leading Democrats and Republicans.
Fairfax is facing accusations of sexual assault dating back to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. His accuser, Vanessa Tyson, is a political science professor at Scripps College in California.
“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into sexual assault,” she said in the statement issued by her lawyers Wednesday. She said he physically forced her to perform oral sex.
Fairfax said the accusations against him are false and that the entire encounter was consensual.