WIGGINS – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will visit Stone County at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 for a meet-and-greet reception arranged by Senator Tony Smith and hosted by the Stone County Economic Development Partnership.
The event will be held in the SCEDP conference room at The Depot, located at 115 Hatten Avenue East.
The lieutenant governor will visit with area residents and speak on a variety of issues.
The event is expected to last approximately an hour.
Senator Smith, R-Picayune, who represents all of Stone County, said he was glad Lt. Gov. Reeves was making a stop in the area.
“Stone County has made some important strides in the last few years,” Smith said. “The lieutenant governor will be an advocate for our area and I am glad he will have a chance to visit face-to-face with local leaders, business owners and citizens.”
Elected in 2011, Reeves has built a record of helping guide the state toward a brighter future through a focus on improving educational achievement for students, supporting the creation of high-skilled jobs and responsibly managing taxpayers' money.
The lieutenant governor is president of the state Senate and presides over that body, only voting to break a tie.
According to “Ballotpedia,” compared to the lieutenant governors in other states, Mississippi's has a great deal of power concerning the Senate.
The lieutenant governor has the sole ability to appoint members, vice-chairmen, and chairmen to the various Senate committees, regardless of each party's strength in the chamber.
In the event of the death, resignation, or removal of the governor, the lieutenant governor assumes the higher office.
Also, if the governor is out of state, then the lieutenant governor can act in the governor's place.
Reeves led the 52-member Senate in a successful 2012 legislative session with a focus on keeping government spending under control, reforming education and making Mississippi a better place to raise a family.
Previously, Reeves was elected as Mississippi’s 53rd state treasurer in 2003 and re-elected to a second term four years later with 61 percent of the vote, the highest percentage of any candidate running for statewide office.
He was the first Republican treasurer in the state’s history.
Reeves is a Rankin County native, and is married to Elee Williams Reeves, a Tylertown native.
The couple has three daughters, Sarah Tyler, Elizabeth Magee and Madeline Tate.
The Reeves family attends Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, where Elee and Tate co-chaired a past Capital Campaign.
Jay Paul Gumm, SCEDP executive director, said it is an honor for the organization to host the lieutenant governor.
“Lt. Gov. Reeves, in only one year in that office, has already put his stamp on both the Legislature and the executive branch,” Gumm said. “For him to make a visit here reflects the progress Stone County has made and helps us set the stage for an even stronger and more vibrant economy.”