Tate Reeves and his family
Elected in 2011 as Mississippi's Lieutenant Governor, Tate Reeves stands ready to help guide the state toward a brighter future through a focus on improving educational achievement for students, supporting the creation of high-skilled jobs and responsibly managing the 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 setting aside 2 percent of state funds for a “rainy day and reducing taxpayers’ overall debt burden.
Mississippi increased education spending and enacted consolidation reforms to save money and clearly communicate school performance. In an effort to make school district ratings more transparent, the Legislature changed the grading system to A, B, C, D, and F. The first steps toward school choice have been taken with the creation of public charter schools and legislation to end social promotion of students who cannot read at grade level.
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. The Legislature laid the groundwork 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. The state’s workers’ compensation law also was reformed 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.
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. Several new laws protect the state’s most vulnerable citizens – Mississippi’s 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 and possibly end abortion in Mississippi by requiring doctors performing abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
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.
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 was running for statewide office. He was the first Republican 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 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 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, where Elee and Tate co-chaired a past Capital Campaign.
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