Who is Tate Reeves - the Governors of Mississippi: Biography, Career, Time Life and Family
|Tate Reeves, the current governor of Mississippi. Photo: WTVA|
Tate Reeves's Early Life
Jonathon Tate Reeves (born June 5, 1974) is an American politician serving as the 65th and current governor of Mississippi since 2020. A member of the Republican Party, he was the 53rd Mississippi State Treasurer from 2004 to 2012 and the 32nd lieutenant governor of Mississippi from 2012 to 2020. At age 29, he was the youngest state treasurer in the nation when elected in 2003 and the first Republican to hold the office in Mississippi. He was the Republican nominee for governor of Mississippi in the 2019 election and defeated the Democratic nominee, Attorney General Jim Hood.
A native of Rankin County, Mississippi, Reeves graduated in 1992 from Florence High School in Florence. He is an honors graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He played one year as a point guard for the Millsaps Majors basketball team and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Reeves remains involved with Millsaps by serving as a member of the investment policy board for the General Louis Wilson Fund and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Else School of Management.
Tate Reeves's Career
After Millsaps, Reeves pursued a career in banking and finance in Jackson, where he became assistant vice president for AmSouth, formerly the Deposit Guaranty National Bank, and served as a senior investment analyst. In 2000, Reeves became an investment officer for Trustmark National Bank in Jackson, according to Vote Smart Matters.
Reeves holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Mississippi and the CFA Institute, an investment industry organization. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Mississippi Society of Financial Analysts Award.
Tate Reeves's Politics Career
Mississippi state treasurer (2004–2012)
Reeves entered the 2003 GOP primary election and faced former transportation commissioner Wayne Burkes of Brandon and State Representative Andrew Ketchings of Natchez. Reeves ran strongly in GOP strongholds, including Lamar, DeSoto, and Rankin counties. In the three-candidate primary, Reeves led with 49% of the vote and routed Burkes in the primary runoff. In the general election, Reeves defeated Democratic nominee Gary Anderson, the state director of finance and administration, 52% to 48%.
Unopposed in the GOP primary, Reeves's only Democratic opposition in the 2007 general election was perennial candidate Shawn O'Hara. Reeves was reelected with 61% of the vote.
The lieutenant governor of Mississippi (2012–2020)
Reeves served as lieutenant governor from 2012 to 2020.
In February 2011, Reeves officially launched a campaign for lieutenant governor and held a fundraising lead over his primary opponent, Mississippi State Senate President Pro Tempore Billy Hewes of Gulfport. A May 2011 poll of likely Republican voters showed Reeves with a 51%–18% lead over Hewes. On August 2, 2011, Reeves defeated Hewes. On November 8, he was elected lieutenant governor, succeeding Phil Bryant, who was elected to his first term as governor.
Reeves won reelection as lieutenant governor on November 3, 2015, defeating three opponents, including state Senator Timothy L. Johnson, a Republican-turned-Democrat. Newspaper reporting on the misuse of statewide public official's campaign funds indicated that Reeves did not misuse these funds. Non-election year expenses were directed toward campaign-related items such as computer databases or political travel.
Governor of Mississippi
Reeves ran for governor of Mississippi in the 2019 election. He opposed Medicaid expansion, which he called “Obamacare expansion.” In the Republican primary, he and Bill Waller Jr. finished in first and second place, respectively. Because no candidate won a majority of the total vote, Reeves and Waller proceeded to a runoff election on August 27, which Reeves won.
Reeves was sworn in as governor on January 14, 2020.
Tate Reeves's Personal Life
|Reeves with his wife and his three daughters. Photo: Governor Tate Reeves - MS.gov|
First Lady of Mississippi, Elee Williams Reeves, grew up in Tylertown where her parents emphasized the importance of education and giving back to the community.
Elee and Governor Tate Reeves are the proud parents of three daughters, Tyler, Emma, and Maddie. They attend Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church. The First Family enjoys sharing their home with their King Charles Cavalier dog, Belle.
Tate Reeves Getting Tested for COVID-19 After Daughter Tests Positive
Tate Reeves, his wife Elee Williams Reeves and their two eldest children are getting tested for COVID-19 after the youngest of their three daughters, Madeline Tate, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. She is an elementary-school student.
The governor announced the news on Twitter soon after he abruptly canceled a planned 2:30 p.m. COVID-19 press conference where he was expected to announce whether or not he would renew mask mandates on 16 counties that are expected to expire tomorrow.
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