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Meet Tate

Meet Tate

Elected in 2011 as Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor, Tate Reeves stands ready to guide the state toward a brighter future by improving educational achievement for students, supporting the creation of high-skilled jobs and responsibly managing taxpayers’ money.

Reeves leads the 52-member Senate with a focus on keeping government spending under control, reforming education and making Mississippi a better place to raise a family.

Under his leadership, Mississippi has a balanced budget that spends more on education and adequately funds other priorities, including filling the state’s “rainy day fund” to its statutory limit and reducing taxpayers’ overall debt burden.

Tate Reeves Has Mississippi Values

  • 2015

    Chosen as the Republican nominee for a 2nd term as Mississippi's Lieutenant Governor in August 2015 with over 80% of the vote

  • 2013

    Elected Chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA)

  • 2011

    Elected in 2011 as Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor

    Mississippi increased education spending and enacted reforms to save money, strengthen achievement and clearly communicate school performance. Reeves successfully advocated for more transparent school district ratings, which led to a new grading system for schools based on A, B, C, D and F. The first steps toward school choice were taken with the creation of public charter schools and scholarships for students with special needs. Reeves also has fought ot boost the state’s literacy rate with legislation to end social promotion of students who cannot read at grade level. After decades of legislators talking about school district consolidation, Reeves took action by pushing for administrative consolidation, reducing the number of districts in Mississippi.

  • Reeves believes government should create an environment to encourage the private sector to create more jobs.

    The Legislature approved several measures to make Mississippi an even better place to do business. Reeves believes government should create an environment to encourage the private sector to create more jobs. In an effort to make the state’s tax policy flatter and fairer, he proposed the largest tax cut in state history through the Taxpayer Pay Raise Act, which lowers the personal income tax; allows for self-employed Mississippians to increase deductions; and eliminates the corporate franchise tax. Under the plan adopted by the Legislature, every taxpayer will see a tax cut. He supported helping job creators increase investment in their businesses by reducing the unemployment tax rate and boosting investment in workforce training at community and junior colleges.

  • Reeves pushed several measures to strengthen public safety and make Mississippi a safe place to raise a family.

    Reeves pushed several measures to strengthen public safety and make Mississippi a safe place to raise a family. The Legislature has passed laws to allow for the prosecution of attempted murder and closely monitor sex offenders using GPS devices. He is committed to protecting Mississippians’ Second Amendment Rights by supporting laws to reduce the cost of concealed carry permits and clarify the limits on the ability of cities and counties to restrict the carrying of firearms. Several new laws protect the state’s most vulnerable citizens – children. Reeves’ initiative to help school districts hire trained law enforcement for campus protection will place more officers in schools. The Child Protection Act requires health care professionals, members of the clergy, educators, child care providers and law enforcement to report cases of suspected child abuse. Also, the Legislature has taken steps to protect the health of the mother by requiring doctors performing abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.

  • He was named Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Municipal League in 2012.

    Reeves is past chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. He was named one of top 40 under 40 rising political leaders by The Washington Post. He is a member of the inaugural Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program. Reeves was named a 2013 Charter Champion by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Reeves received the 2012 State Legislative Achievement Award from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform for passage of the Attorney General “Sunshine Act,” which requires an open and transparent process for awarding legal contracts. He was named Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Municipal League in 2012.

  • 2003

    Elected as Mississippi’s 53rd Treasurer

    Previously, Reeves was elected as Mississippi’s 53rd Treasurer in 2003 and re-elected to a second term four years later with 61 percent of the vote, the highest percentage of any candidate running for statewide office. He was the first Republican and youngest treasurer in the state’s history.

  • Rising Star in the Republican Party

    Reeves has been named a “Rising Star(s) in the Republican Party” by Rising Tide magazine – the publication of the Republican National Committee. He also was selected by the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership as one of the “Top Young Elected Officials” to its Fourth Class of Aspen-Rodel Fellows. Reeves was recognized by his NAST peers as the recipient of the Jesse M. Unruh Award which recognized his outstanding service to the association, the profession and to his state.

  • Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School

    Reeves is a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. He is an honors graduate of Millsaps College and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. Reeves has continued to be an active alumnus and remains involved with his alma mater by serving as a member of the investment policy board for the Millsaps College General Louis Wilson Fund and a member the Advisory Committee of the Else School of Management. Reeves holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) and is a member of the CFA Society of Mississippi and the CFA Institute, an organization that leads the investment industry by setting the highest standards of ethics and professional excellence. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Mississippi Society of Financial Analysts Award.

  • Family

    Family

    Reeves and his wife Elee Williams Reeves, a Tylertown native, are the proud parents of three daughters, Sarah Tyler, Elizabeth Magee and Madeline Tate. The Reeves family attends Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church.

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