How Much is Mandela Barnes Worth?

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Mandela Barnes, 35, is an American politician who currently serves as the lieutenant governor of Wisconsin and is running for a Senate seat against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. The race is very close with Barnes, a progressive Democrat, being the slight front-runner in recent polling.

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He is currently taking some heat for not being present while President Joe Biden was giving a Labor Day speech on Sept. 5, reportedly hesitant to offer answers regarding his absence, per the Wisconsin State Journal.

Barnes has been serving as lieutenant governor of Wisconsin since 2019. He and current Governor Tony Evers appeared on the Democratic ticket together. Prior to this, he served in the Wisconsin state Assembly from 2013 through 2017, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  

During the 2018 gubernatorial election, Barnes was not officially employed, so he did not file taxes at this time.

His state government salary is $80,684 per year and he has investments and savings reported to be worth $5,005 and $75,000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. 

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He has been reported to own property in Milwaukee and Madison.

Early Life, Personal Life and Education

Jesse Mandela Barnes was born to Jesse and LaJuan Barnes on Dec. 1, 1986 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While he was named after his father, he has been using his middle name, a reference to Nelson Mandela, as his first name since birth. His mom was a public school teacher and his dad was a member of the United Auto Workers union.

Barnes attended Alabama A&M University for several years in the mid-2000s, but did not officially obtain his communications media degree (a Bachelor of Arts) until 2020.

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Barnes is unmarried and has no children.

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Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than 15 years of experience covering traditional and new media topics. She is currently a communications strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University — her alma mater where she earned a B.A. in film studies. Michelle’s primary topics of interest are arts & entertainment (TV, humor, theater and classic films are favorites), food and lifestyle. She also covers general news, business, beauty, gift guides and medical/health-related stories. Michelle also has a passion for conducting interviews with all sorts of interesting people. When not working or watching too much TV, she is a skilled home cook specializing in Puerto Rican and Southern cuisine, loves in-home entertaining and trivia/games nights, sipping Jack Daniels on the rocks and cheering for the San Francisco Giants.

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