Tate Reeves

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Tate Reeves
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32nd Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
GovernorPhil Bryant
Preceded byPhil Bryant
33rd Treasurer of Mississippi
In office
January 13, 2004 – January 10, 2012
GovernorHaley Barbour
Preceded byPeyton Prospere
Succeeded byLynn Fitch
Personal details
Jonathon Tate Reeves

(1974-06-05) June 5, 1974 (age 45)
Florence, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elee Williams
EducationMillsaps College (BA)

Jonathon Tate Reeves (born June 5, 1974), known professionally as Tate Reeves, is an American politician who is the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, serving since 2012. A member of the Republican Party, he was previously Mississippi State Treasurer. At the age of 29, he was the youngest state treasurer in the nation when elected in 2003 and the first Republican to ever hold the office in Mississippi.[1] He is a candidate for Governor of Mississippi in the 2019 election.[2]


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, at which he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. While at Millsaps, he played one year as a point guard for the Millsaps Majors basketball team and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Reeves has continued to be an active alumnus and remains involved with Millsaps by serving as a member of the investment policy board for the General Louis Wilson Fund and a member the Advisory Committee of the Else School of Management.

Early career[edit]

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.[3] In 2000, Reeves became an investment officer for Trustmark National Bank in Jackson.

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.

Political career[edit]

2003 State treasurer campaign[edit]

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.[citation needed]. In the three-candidate primary, Reeves led with 49 percent of the vote,[4] and routed Burkes in the primary run-off.[5]

In the general election, Reeves defeated Democratic nominee Gary Anderson, the state's director of finance and administration, 52 to 48 percent.[6]

2007 Treasurer election[edit]

Unopposed in the GOP primary, Reeves' only Democratic opposition in the 2007 general election was perennial candidate Shawn O'Hara. Reeves won re-election with 61 percent of the vote.

As treasurer[edit]

As treasurer, Reeves served as president of the National Association of State Treasurers for 2006–2007. He serves as a member and former chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee and is a member of the Federal Legislative Committee. He was previously a member of the NAST Executive Committee. Reeves represents the State of Mississippi as a member of the Executive Board of the College Savings Plans Network. He serves on the board of trustees for the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi, and is the chairman of the board of directors of College Savings Plans of Mississippi and the Mississippi Health Care Trust Fund.

In 2007, Reeves was named as one of 42 national "Rising Star(s) in the Republican Party" by Rising Tide magazine – the publication of the Republican National Committee. In 2008, Reeves was elected president of the Mississippi Republican Elected Officials Association. In December 2008, he was selected by the Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership as one of their "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.

2011 Lieutenant governor campaign[edit]

In February 2011, Reeves officially launched a campaign for lieutenant governor[7] and held a fundraising lead over his primary opponent, Mississippi State Senate President Pro Tempore Billy Hewes of Gulfport.[citation needed] A May 2011 poll of likely Republican voters showed Reeves with a 51–18 percent advantage over Hewes.[8] On August 2, 2011, Reeves defeated Billy Hewes. On November 8, he was elected 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi to succeed Phil Bryant, who was elected to his first term as governor.[9]

2015 reelection[edit]

Reeves won reelection as lieutenant governor on November 3, 2015, having defeated three opponents, including state Senator Timothy L. Johnson, a Republican-turned-Democrat.[10] Newspaper reporting on the misuse of statewide public official's campaign funds indicate that Reeves did not misuse these funds. Non-election year expenses were directed toward campaign-related items such as computer databases or political travel.[11]

2019 Governor candidacy[edit]

He is a candidate for Governor of Mississippi in the 2019 election.[2] He opposes Medicaid expansion, which he refers to as "Obamacare expansion".[12]

Electoral history[edit]

Mississippi Treasurer Republican Primary Election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves 80,770 48.48
Republican Wayne Burkes 51,745 31.06
Republican Andrew Ketchings 33,795 20.28
Republican Write-ins 311 0.19
Mississippi Treasurer Republican Primary Election Runoff, 2003
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves 49,466 72.16
Republican Wayne Burkes 19,047 27.78
Republican Write-ins 39 0.06
Mississippi Treasurer Election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves 447,860 51.80
Democratic Gary Anderson 403,307 46.64
Reform Lee Dilworth 13,507 1.56
Mississippi Treasurer Election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves (inc.) 436,833 60.53
Democratic Shawn O'Hara 284,789 39.47
Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves 162,857 56.89
Republican Billy Hewes 123,389 43.11
Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves 644,205 80.35
Reform Tracella Lou O'Hara 157,547 19.65
Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves (inc.) 225,192 82.50
Republican Alisha Nelson McElhenney 47,760 17.50
Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tate Reeves (inc.) 429,990 60.45
Democratic Tim Johnson 255,657 35.94
Libertarian Ron Williams 16,226 2.28
Reform Rosa Williams 9,410 1.32


  1. ^ "Mississippi Treasurer Tate Reeves". Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (January 3, 2019). "As expected, GOP's Reeves files for Mississippi governor". Mississippi Business Journal. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Biography of Tate Reeves Archive.org". Archived from the original on August 16, 2005. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  4. ^ ""Anderson, Reeves out to early leads in treasurer primaries", The Sun Herald". Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "State and County races". The Sun Herald. August 27, 2003. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Byrd, Sheila Hardwell (November 6, 2003). "Race may have been factor in Miss. elections". The Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  7. ^ Parker, Molly (February 6, 2011). "Reeves launches campaign for lt.gov". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  8. ^ "Memo re Mississippi Statewide Republican Primary Survey". May 26, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  9. ^ "Reeves Wins Race For Miss. Lt. Governor". WAPT. November 8, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Tate Reeves re-elected as Mississippi Lt. Governor". WLOX. November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Mollie Bryant, Geoffrey Sender, & Kate Royals. (March 6, 2016). "Funds used to buy vehicles, pottery". Clarion Ledger. (Jackson). p. A15
  12. ^ "Where do Mississippi politicians stand on Medicaid expansion?". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved January 21, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Tate Reeves at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Peyton Prospere
Treasurer of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Lynn Fitch
Preceded by
Phil Bryant
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi