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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

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November 29, 2011     Video

Lt. Gov-Elect Tate Reeves is a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. He served as Mississippi's fifty-third Treasurer – the first Republican to serve in this capacity in Mississippi's history – elected in 2003 and again in 2007 with the highest percentage (61%) of any candidate running for statewide office. Reeves is an honors graduate of Millsaps College, holding a bachelor's degree in economics and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA). He is also 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, Reeves was the recipient of the Mississippi Society of Financial Analysts Award.

Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves served as president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) for 2006-2007 and remains very active in the association where he currently serves as a member and former chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee and is a member of the Federal Legislative Committee. His service to the organization also includes previous membership on the NAST Executive Committee. Additionally, Reeves represents the State of Mississippi as a member of the Executive Board of the College Savings Plans Network. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi, as well as 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 forty-two national "Rising Star(s) in the Republican Party" by Rising Tide magazine – the publication of the Republican National Committee. Furthermore, in 2008 he was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Mississippi Republican Elected Officials Association. Also 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. Recently, 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.

Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves and his wife, Elee Williams Reeves, a Tylertown native, are the proud parents of their two daughters, Sarah Tyler and Elizabeth Magee. The Reeves family has been very committed to many civic and charitable organizations in Mississippi – including the Mississippi Society of Disabilities, UMC Children's Cancer Clinic, Middle Mississippi Girl Scout Council, Boys & Girls Club of Mississippi, the YMCA, the United Way, Stewpot Ministries, the Exchange Club Parent Child Center, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.