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Press Release: Fitzhugh to Seek Re-Election

Posted Monday, March 19, 2012, at 5:13 PM

RIPLEY, TN --Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) announced today that he will seek re-election as State Representative this fall. House District 82, which Fitzhugh currently represents, formerly encompassed parts of Dyer County. After the 2010 census, it was redrawn and now consists of Crockett, Haywood & Lauderdale Counties.

"It has been my privilege to represent the people of House District 82," said Fitzhugh. "While I'm sad I will no longer represent my many friends in Dyer County, I am excited about reconnecting with the people of Haywood County as we welcome them to the district."

Fitzhugh, a former Finance Committee Chairman, serves as a member of the Finance, Education, Government Operations, Pensions & Insurance and Calendar & Rules Committees. He is the House Minority Leader.

"Tennessee is very fortunate. We've had solid, pro-business leadership from Governor Bredesen & now Governor Haslam. I've partnered with both of them to pass balanced budgets, build our rainy day fund and preserve those core services our citizens need. Now, we have to work together again to get Tennesseans back to work."

After his Tennessee Jobs Tour last fall, Fitzhugh put forward his 2012 Jobs Package (http://www.craigfitzhugh.com/blog/jobs/), which is currently making its way through the General Assembly. These seven bills, ranging from full funding for the West Tennessee Megasite in Brownsville to hiring Tennesseans first for state contracts, are attracting bipartisan support.

"We have to focus on jobs and that also means focusing on education. Governor McWherter said it best, 'Education plus roads equals jobs.' Whether its standing up for our teachers, preserving lottery scholarships for as many students as possible or putting in place higher standards like we did to win Race to the Top, education is the single most important part of making Tennessee's economy work for the future."

Fitzhugh, a retired Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, has been married to his wife Pam for 38 years. They have three children: Elizabeth Molder, son-in-law Chaz Molder, and Tom--all public school and University of Tennessee at Knoxville graduates. Craig & Pam have one grandchild, Marley Elizabeth, and a daughter-in-law to be, Windy Wheeler. Craig is a fourth generation member of Ripley First Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon. He is the President/CEO of Bank of Ripley. He has served on numerous community boards and commissions. In his spare time, he enjoys running, spending time with family and cheering on the Volunteers.

"We've gotten a lot accomplished over the last two years, but there's much more we can do on jobs and education. I hope to continue as your State Representative and I will work hard every day to earn your vote."

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