The Republican Party member, Jonathon Tate Reeves, was born on June 5, 1974. He is the 65th and current Governor of Mississippi. Reeves has also served as the state treasurer and the 32nd Governor of Mississippi.
Tate Reeves’ Education and early career
Reeves studied at Florence High School, where he graduated. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson and got a degree in economics. During college, he played basketball and also injured his shoulder.
In his early career, he graduated from college in 1996 and became a chartered financial analyst.
As a chartered financial analyst, he worked at Park South Corporation. Park South Corporation is a subsidiary of the Deposit Guaranty National Bank. The bank eventually merged into AmSouth.
Reeves later moved to Trustmark National Bank in 2000. This is where he was a financial portfolio manager until 2003, when he resigned to run for state treasurer.
Reeves’ tryst with controversy
When Reeves was in college, he was a speculated member of the Kappa Alpha Order. This college-based organisation was infamous for its racist activities. It was often seen to include racial epithets and confederate-themed dancers in their activities.
Reeves later tumbled into a controversy. In the said controversy, yearbook photos surfaced showing fraternity members in blackface and Confederate uniforms. It is unclear whether Reeves was involved. His yearbook photos have never been released to the public.
Political Ideology and career
Reeves lost the post of Mississippi state treasurer in the 2003 election. It was an open seat as the democratic incumbent, Marshall G. Bennett, was retiring. In the Republican primary election in 2003, Reeves faced former Central District transportation commissioner Wayne Burkes of Brandon and State Representative Andrew Ketchings of Natchez.
In the Republican primary election, Reeves led with 49% of the vote, with Burkes in 2nd place. As no candidate achieved a majority, Reeves and Burkes had a run-off election. Reeves defeated Burkes in the runoff, which had a low turnout.
What worked in Reeves’ favor
Observers also cited racial prejudice against Anderson, who is an African American, as another factor that may have contributed to Anderson’s loss. However, there has been no definitive proof of racial discrimination amongst candidates. In a Mississippi Today article, Adam Ganucheau explains that Reeves’s father contributed $115,000 to his campaign, which was about 1/5th of its fundraising total.
En route to political glory
This election made Reeves the first Republican to hold the position of Mississippi State Treasurer. He is also the youngest statewide elected official in the modern history of the state. In 2007, Reeves won reelection with about 60% of the vote.
He then continued his rise to power by entering the race for lieutenant governor in February 2011. In the November general election, he was elected lieutenant governor, succeeding Phil Bryant, who was elected to his first term as governor.
By eliminating the income tax, we can put Mississippi in a position to stand out. We can throw out the welcome mat for the dreamers and the visionaries. We can have more money circulating in our economy…and it can lead to more wealth for all Mississippians. pic.twitter.com/t1x94rwO0x
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) January 31, 2022
Reeves ran without democratic support but received 80.35% of votes. Reeves was the president of the state Senate as lieutenant governor. He used his position to prevent Medicaid expansion from receiving a floor vote.
He also blocked an increase in the gas tax to fund repairs to roads and Mississippi’s many structurally deficient bridges. Reeves later proved himself again by getting reelected as lieutenant governor on November 3, 2015, by defeating three opponents.
Phil Bryant, former governor Haley Barbour, and Chris McDaniel endorsed Reeves when he ran for Governor of Mississippi in 2019.
Reeves and Waller took part in a runoff election as no one won a clear majority in the primary. Reeves won the runoff election.
In the general elections, historically, Reeves was the first to win all eight statewide offices. He defeated state attorney general Jim Hood and became governor.
Tate Reeves’ family and wife
Tate Reeves was born to Terry Reeves and Dianne Peeples. Reeves married Elee Williams in 2001. They are both parents to three children.
Reeves’ father started a company in 1975. This company, which dealt with air conditioning and heating, later went on to become a multi-million dollar business.
Tate Reeves’ age
Reeves is 47 years old.
Tate Reeves’ weight and height
Reeves weighs around 70 kg and his actual height is around 5 feet 8 inches.
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