New Jersey's First Black Woman to Be Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant Governor, N.J.
Oliver worked to develop that tough skin in her state’s General Assembly, where she served as a Democratic representative from 2004 to 2018 and as speaker between 2010 and 2014. She was only the second black woman speaker in the nation’s history. “Social media and technology has totally changed the game and made it possible for more women to be successful in running and winning office,” Oliver says, noting that “like-minded people, even though they may not live in your district or city or state,” can more easily support these candidates. Having worked in her legislature to raise the minimum wage and enact same-sex marriage, she looks forward to continuing to fight for affordable housing and free college as lieutenant governor.