Garlin Gilchrist II
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Garlin Gilchrist II

Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is a computer engineer, public servant, and the first African American elected to Michigan’s second-highest office. Most recently, he has been appointed chair of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.

A native Detroiter, Gilchrist attended the University of Michigan for computer science and engineering. He built a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, social media manager for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, organizer for, and director of technology for the City of Detroit.

Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, currently reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and are expecting to add another member to the family soon.