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Q&A: Tate Reeves, state treasurer, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor

Reeves believes leadership, thoughtfulness is what’s needed

Tate Reeves has served as Mississippi state treasurer since 2003. He is the first Republican treasurer in the state’s history. Tate 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. He and his wife, Elee, have two daughters.

Q — What is your background (school, work history, family)?
A —
I was elected as Mississippi’s 53rd treasurer on Nov. 4, 2003, and re-elected to a second term in 2007. I am the first Republican treasurer in the state’s history. I’m proud to be a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. I graduated from Millsaps College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and played point guard for the Millsaps Majors basketball team. Currently I serve 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.

After graduating I obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) and became 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, I was honored to receive the Mississippi Society of Financial Analysts Award.

I’m married to Elee Williams Reeves, a Tylertown native. We are the proud parents of two daughters, Tyler and Emma. We attend Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church.

Q — Why do you want to be lieutenant governor of Mississippi?
A —
I think we have a great opportunity to move our state forward on many fronts from capitalizing on recent economic development successes to continuing to make big improvements in education. I have enjoyed my service as treasurer, believe I have served the state well, and wish to continue to serve. We need a lieutenant governor who is not a long-time legislator in order to shake things up and look at new ways of doing things.

Q — Why do you think you make the best candidate for lieutenant governor, and what abilities will you bring to the office that no one else can?
A —
I’m running on my record as state treasurer, where my accomplishments include:

> Helping to get our debt burden under control

> Protecting the state’s credit rating during the Katrina crisis

> Revamping borrow practices to save taxpayers millions in interest payments

> Cutting and prioritizing spending to focus on education and public safety

> Taking on political insiders, successfully suing to recoup millions of taxpayer dollars that were being illegally diverted to a private non-profit organization.

Q — Do you think your lack of experience in the Legislature would create a high learning curve for you initially?
A —
No, I don’t view being a career politician as a qualification for office. I think what we need as lieutenant governor is a leader with executive experience who has made a commitment to putting the interests of taxpayers first, not the interests of legislators. I will be a strong, principled conservative, and I believe that’s what our state needs right now.

Q — How will your experience as state treasurer benefit you as lieutenant governor?
A —
Through my work as state treasurer I’ve had the opportunity to build positive working relationships with many state senators. I think I can start the job as lieutenant governor on day one with strong support from many senators who will help push an agenda forward to improve our state.

More on Reeves
Favorite food:
Pasta
Favorite movie: “Fletch”
Favorite book: “The Reagan Diaries”

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