Craig Fitzhugh

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Craig Fitzhugh
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 82nd district
Assumed office
Judge of the
Gates, Tennessee Municipal Court
In office
Personal details
Born Calvin Fitzhugh
(1950-03-22) March 22, 1950 (age 65)
Brownsville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Pamela Fitzhugh (?–present)
Children Elizabeth Fitzhugh
Thomas "Tom" Fitzhugh
Residence Ripley, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma mater University of Tennessee
Occupation Businessman, judge, lawyer and politician
Religion Baptist
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the U.S. Air Force U.S. Air Force
Air Force Reserve Command emblem U.S. Air Force Reserve
Years of service 1976–1980
1980–1988 (reserve)
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
US-O4 insignia.svg Major (reserve)

Calvin "Craig" Fitzhugh (born March 22, 1950) is an American politician. He is a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing the 82nd District. He is the Minority Leader of the Tennessee House. Fitzhugh is a member of the Democratic Party.


Fitzhugh is the CEO of the Bank of Ripley since 1992. In 2010, he was considered for the presidency of the University of Tennessee.[1]


Fitzhugh graduated from Ripley High School in 1968. He then attended the University of Tennessee where he received a B.A. in Banking and Finance in 1972. He received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1975 from the University of Tennessee School of Law.[2]

Political career[edit]

Fitzhugh was a Municipal Judge for the City of Gates, Tennessee from 1990 to 1992.[2] Fitzhugh was first elected to the Tennessee House in 1994, taking office in 1995. He has served in that position since, representing the 82nd District. Fitzhugh was elected by the Democratic caucus to serve as House Minority Leader in December 2010.[3]

Fitzhugh declined to run for Governor of Tennessee on the 2014 gubernatorial election.[4][5]


On June 4, 2007, Fitzhugh voted in favor for SB 2326 which increased the Cigarette Tax from 20 cents to 60 cents per pack. It passed the Tennessee House of Representatives 59-37.[6]

Military service[edit]

Fitzhugh served in the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1980 and achieved the rank of Captain. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserve from 1980 to 1988 and achieved the rank of Major.[2]


  1. ^ "Finalists chosen for UT presidency - News - Oakridger - Oak Ridge, TN". Oakridger. Retrieved 2013-05-22. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Craig Fitzhugh" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ Zelinski, Andrea (2010-12-16). "Fresh Face, New Focus for House Democrats". TNReport. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  4. ^ Zelinski, Andrea (2012-12-12). "House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh ponders run in 2014 governor race". Nashville City Paper. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  5. ^ Zelinski, Andrea. "Rep. Fitzhugh passes on run for governor". Nashville City Paper. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Tennessee SB 2326 - Cigarette Tax Increase - Key Vote - Project Vote Smart". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 

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