Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Growing up, Justin Fairfax’s family didn’t have much money, but they were surrounded by family love and spiritual wealth. After his parents’ divorce, he, his hardworking mother, and his three older siblings moved into their grandparents’ house in inner-city Washington, DC, until his mom could save enough to buy her own house across the street. Justin learned early on how fragile the future can be, watching the lives of many friends and neighbors unravel in the face of unexpected challenges because they didn’t have the same strong network of support.
Justin received scholarships to Duke University, where he graduated with a degree in Public Policy Studies, and Columbia Law School, where he was selected for the Columbia Law Review. He is paying forward his spiritual debt through public service – he wants to enable everyone to have the same opportunities he had to pursue the American dream, no matter where they start in life.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, Justin saw the power that law enforcement and criminal justice reform can have to keep communities safe, while providing appropriate second chances, saving hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and changing communities and lives. As a small business owner with his wife, Dr. Cerina Fairfax, DDS, he understands the importance of strengthening and diversifying Virginia’s economy. And as a father of a young son and daughter, he knows how important economic stability is for our children’s future.