Is the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia named "Winsome Sears" or "Winsome Earle-Sears"?

Her official government web site lists her last name as "Earle-Sears", but her campaign website's address is "winsomesears.com". Her Twitter name is "Lt. Governor of Virginia - Winsome Earle-Sears", but her handle is @WinsomeSears. Her Wikipedia article is titled "Winsome Sears", but the body of the article calls her "Winsome Earle-Sears". About half of news reports seem to refer to her as "Sears" and about half as "Earle-Sears".

So what is her last name?

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Earle is her maiden name, and Sears is her husband's name. Like many women she sometimes uses a double-barreled last name "Earle-Sears" or "Earle Sears" and sometimes drops her maiden name.

Another political example was Cherie Booth Blair, (wife of Tony Blair) who uses "Booth" in her professional life (as a lawyer), and Blair in her political life.

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