21 Facts About Tate Reeves


Tate Reeves's father founded a heating and air conditioning company in 1975 that became a multi-million-dollar business.

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Tate Reeves then graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson with a degree in economics.

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Tate Reeves played college basketball for two years before injuring his shoulder.

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At Millsaps College, Tate Reeves was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, a fraternity known for racist activities, including using racial epithets and hosting Confederate-themed dances.

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Tate Reeves became embroiled in controversy in 2019, when yearbook photos surfaced showing fraternity members in blackface and Confederate uniforms, but it is unclear whether Reeves was involved.

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Tate Reeves worked at Park South Corporation, a subsidiary of the Deposit Guaranty National Bank, which eventually merged into AmSouth.

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In 2000, Reeves moved to Trustmark National Bank, where he was a financial portfolio manager until 2003, when he resigned to run for state treasurer.

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Tate Reeves ran for governor of Mississippi in the 2019 election.

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Tate Reeves enjoyed substantial name recognition from his 16 years in statewide office, and had a significant fundraising advantage over his rivals for the Republican nomination, former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr.

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Tate Reeves opposed increasing the gas tax to fund road and bridge repairs, while Waller supported it.

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In May 2022, Tate Reeves repeatedly refused to deny that he would ban birth control in Mississippi when questioned by anchor Jake Tapper.

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In November 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Tate Reeves said he would veto any bill that expanded mail-in voting or no-excuse early voting.

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In March 2021, Reeves acknowledged that Biden is the president of the United States and was "duly elected" but repeatedly refused to acknowledge that Biden was "legitimately and lawfully elected" or that the 2020 election was free and fair.

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Amid the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tate Reeves was accused of undermining efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

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In early 2020, Reeves closed schools, declared a state of emergency, and told people to trust in the "power of prayer, " but did little to combat COVID-19 transmission.

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Tate Reeves implemented a "stay-at-home" order in April 2020, but allowed some retail businesses to reopen shortly thereafter.

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In December 2020, although Tate Reeves urged the public to avoid large gatherings to prevent the further spread of the virus, Tate Reeves's office invited legislators and other officials to at least three holiday parties at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson.

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Tate Reeves initially said that the flag should only be changed through a voter-approved referendum, but later reversed himself, saying that if the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill to retire the flag without a referendum, he would sign it.

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In 2021, Tate Reeves signed into law a narrower bill that expanded parole eligibility.

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Tate Reeves opposed the medical marijuana initiative, but said that he would honor "the will of the voters" who had overwhelmingly voted in favor of medical marijuana.

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Tate Reeves used his 2020 budget proposal to appeal to the conservative base.

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