|Minority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives|
Assumed office |
January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Gary Odom|
|Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives|
from the 82nd district
Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Floyd Crain|
March 22, 1950|
Brownsville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Education||University of Tennessee (BS, JD)|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||
|Unit||U.S. Air Force 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, which encompasses all of Crockett, Haywood and Lauderdale counties. He currently serves as the House Minority Leader and is a member of the Democratic Party.
Fitzhugh was born in Brownsville, Tennessee, in 1950 and raised in Ripley, Tennessee. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1968, where he played varsity baseball, football, and basketball. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance. While at UT, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and played centerfield on the UT Freshman Baseball Team.
Fitzhugh graduated from law school at UT in 1975. He served four years active duty in the Air Force as a Captain in the Judge’s Advocate General Corp., serving at bases in North Carolina and England. In 1980, Fitzhugh returned to practice law in Ripley where he worked until joining the Bank of Ripley in 1992. He currently serves as the Bank of Ripley's CEO.
Fitzhugh has been married to Pam Chism for over 40 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Fitzhugh is active in the Tennessee Banker’s Association, where he previously served as Chairman of the statewide organization. He also remains active in the legal community where he was formerly a member of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Recently, Fitzhugh was inducted as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.
Fitzhugh is a 27-year sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and a former District and Zone Chairman. He is a fourth generation member of First Baptist Church in Ripley, where he serves as a Deacon.[self-published source]
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.
Fitzhugh was a Municipal Judge for the City of Gates, Tennessee from 1990 to 1992. 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.
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.
Following the 2012 meningitis related death of a local university student, Fitzhugh & State Senator Lowe Finney filed the 'Jacob Nunnely Act' which required students living in on-campus housing to be immunized against the disease. The bill passed and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam on June 4, 2013.
Tennessee was previously one of 31 states that allowed a rapist, whose crime resulted in pregnancy, to sue the survivor for custody of said child. In 2015, Fitzhugh introduced HB 554/SB 1121 which sought to terminate the parental rights of a rapist upon conviction for that crime from which a child resulted. The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously. It was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam on April 16, 2015.
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.
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- Zelinski, Andrea (2012-12-12). "House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh ponders run in 2014 governor race". Nashville City Paper. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
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- Garrison, Joey (August 6, 2017). "Craig Fitzhugh to run for governor of Tennessee, setting up contested Democratic primary". The Tennessean. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
- "Tennessee SB 2326 - Cigarette Tax Increase - Key Vote - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- Official website
- Petition for Craig Fitzhugh to run for Governor in 2014[permanent dead link]
- Craig Fitzhugh on Facebook
- Craig Fitzhugh on Twitter
- Craig Fitzhugh's channel on YouTube
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