Despite politicians challenging his lack of authenticity in politics and how his upbringing plays an important role in his political career, on january 7, Mandela Barnes became Wisconsin’s first black lieutenant Governor & the nations youngest lieutenant Governor.
Born in Milwaukee’s 53206 zip code, which is predominantly black & has the highest incarceration rate of black men in the country. Barnes leadership interest developed in high school through programs like Top Teens Of America and followed him to college where he was involved in Student Government & NAACP Student Chapter.
Following graduation from Alabama A & M University in 2008, he worked for a congressional campaign before returning to Milwaukee in january 2019. After years of working as a community organiser, Barnes felt it was time for him to try a new chapter in his life.
In 2012, he successfully ran for state assembly. He served for two terms, from 2013 to 2017, before running for state senate in 2016 and losing to incumbent senator Lena Taylor. Barnes is focused on bringing ideas and a bold vision to the table. He is humbled at what being the first black lieutenant Governor & only the second to be elected to a statewide office means.
And he is one of the prominent young voices in the political space and to many young minds, The Future Of Politics.