Sheila Y. Oliver, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor and the first Black woman to hold statewide elected office there, died on Tuesday after being suddenly rushed to the hospital the day before. She was 71.
Ms. Oliver, a Democrat and resident of East Orange, N.J., was elected lieutenant governor in 2017 as Gov. Philip D. Murphy’s running mate.
Mr. Murphy said in a statement that he and his family were “incredibly saddened and distraught to learn of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and partner in government.”
He and his family have been vacationing in Italy, where they own a home. Ms. Oliver, who was serving as acting governor in his absence, was taken to the hospital on Monday, and the president of the State Senate, Nick Scutari, a Democrat, assumed the role of acting governor.
This is a developing story and will be updated.