A native of Rankin County, Tate Reeves was elected lieutenant governor in 2011. His political career started with his election to state treasurer in 2003 at age 29. This not only made him the youngest state treasurer in the nation, but also the first Republican to hold the office in Mississippi.

Reeves proposed the largest single tax cut in Mississippi history, dubbed the “Taxpayer Pay Raise Act.” Passed in 2016, it lowered the personal income tax, allowed for self-employed Mississippians to increase deductions and eliminated the corporate franchise tax.

He is the only candidate for governor that opposes Medicaid expansion, which he refers to as “Obamacare expansion.”

Reeves graduated from Florence High School in 1992 and then studied economics at Millsaps College. 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.

After Millsaps, Reeves pursued a career in banking and finance in Jackson, where he became assistant vice president and served as a senior investment analyst for AmSouth. In 2000, Reeves became an investment officer for Trustmark National Bank in Jackson. He and his wife, Elee, have three daughters, Sarah Tyler, Elizabeth Magee and Madeline Tate.

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