(Jackson, MS) – Today at the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) annual conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, State Treasurer Tate Reeves was the recipient of the Jesse M. Unruh Award which recognized his outstanding service to the association, the profession, and to his state.

“I am honored to receive this award from NAST,” said Treasurer Reeves. “To be recognized by a bipartisan group of one’s peers is one of the greatest compliments any public servant can receive.”

Jesse M. Unruh was a founding member of NAST and a former California Treasurer who was a model of the cooperative spirit found within the organization today.

“This year the award will honor a treasurer who has devoted hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to NAST since taking office six years ago,” said NAST president, Treasurer James Lewis of New Mexico. “Almost immediately, he became an active participant in NAST and quickly took on leadership roles in the organization, including serving as president in 2006-2007. He has been one of the most active proponents of NAST’s federal agenda, supporting college savings and unclaimed property advocacy efforts. As a past chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, he has also steered the organization through the strategic planning process and helped us chart a course for many years to come.”
Reeves served as president of the National Association of State Treasurers for 2006-2007. He has continued to remain very active in the association by serving as Chairman of the Federal Legislative Committee, Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee and as a member of the NAST Executive Committee. He is also a member of the 2009 Executive Board of the College Savings Plans Network.

Georgia Treasurer Dan Ebersole who nominated Reeves said, “Tate has been a strong, steady leader to NAST and its affiliates; He has given guidance and brought stability to NAST during challenging times.”

Richard Mourdock, Indiana Treasurer added: “As I’ve come to know him, I’m continually impressed with his technical understanding and especially his dedication to issues such as protecting the Tower Amendment, municipal rating structure reform and public service as a whole. He would win my award for ‘The Ultimate Professional.’”

Treasurer Tate Reeves Press Release