Tate Reeves and his family
Re-elected in 2015 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 while reducing taxpayers’ overall debt burden.
Supporting Job Creation
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.
The Legislature also made the state more competitive in a global marketplace by allowing businesses to claim a tax credit on inventory held in the state, which will encourage companies to invest more capital in creating jobs.
Legislators also reformed the state’s workers’ compensation law to ensure a fairer and impartial relationship between the worker and employer with provisions to better define the employee’s choice of physician, implement stronger measures against workplace drug and alcohol use and increase certain benefits. The changes boost Mississippi’s reputation as a place to do business and strengthen the state’s right-to-work policies.
Mississippi made record investments in 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 fought to 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, significantly reducing the number of districts in Mississippi.
The Education Commission of the States awarded Mississippi the 2016 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation for these transformational reforms to improve student learning.
Working for Transparent Government
He fought for transparency for how agencies spend taxpayers’ dollars. Agencies are now required to post budget requests on the legislative budget website and disclose each source of revenue. Stronger reporting requirements were placed on taxpayer-funded incentive programs. Reeves secured a commitment from the Department of Finance and Administration and the State Personnel Board to develop statewide contracts for services, not just commodities, which will help state agencies take advantage of bulk purchasing power and reduce costs.
He pushed the passage of the Attorney General “Sunshine Act,” which requires an open and transparent process for awarding legal contracts. The boards of public hospitals, which are supported by taxpayer dollars, are required to operate in the sunlight so employees, patients and taxpayers can monitor the fiscal management of the facilities.
Enhancing Mississippi Values
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 to 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.
Public Service Recognition
Reeves is past chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. He was named one of the top 40 politicians under 40 by The Washington Post. He is a member of the inaugural Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program focused on education issues. 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.” He was named Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Municipal League in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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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