Amy Tuck

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Amy Tuck
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Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Former officeholder
In office
January 1999 - January 9, 2008
Bachelor'sMississippi State University
Master'sMississippi State University
J.D.Mississippi College School of Law
Date of birthJuly 8, 1963
Place of birthMaben, Mississippi
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Amy Tuck (born July 8, 1963) is a former Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. A Republican, she was only the second woman elected to statewide office in Mississippi and the first to have been re-elected. She was succeeded as lieutenant governor by Phil Bryant. Tuck is currently special assistant to the president at Mississippi State University.


  • BA: Mississippi State University, Political Science
  • MS: Mississippi State University, Public Policy & Administration
  • JD: Mississippi College School of Law.


Tuck is a native of Maben, Mississippi. On October 16, 2007, it was announced that Tuck would become a special assistant to the president at Mississippi State University, her alma mater.[1] Her appointment, which was approved by the state Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, was effective January 2008. In her role at MSU, Tuck interacts with state, federal and private sector officials to facilitate the university's economic development efforts, provide consultation on public policy issues and interact with a variety of state, national and international organizations.

Political career

Mississippi Senate(1990 - 1995)

In 1990, she defeated five others to be elected to the Mississippi Senate to represent Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha and Webster counties.

Lieutenant Governor (1999 - 2008)

In 1995, Tuck ran for Secretary of State to fill the post of Dick Molpus, who was running for Governor. She was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary by Eric Clark, the eventual winner. Undeterred by the political setback, she ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1999, defeating Bill Hawks. In 2002, Tuck made national headlines when she switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. She cited philosophical differences with the former party on issues such as abortion, civil justice reform, and congressional redistricting. In 2003, Tuck was re-elected with 61% of the vote. Her rumored past of having an abortion became an issue in her re-election. She defeated former Democratic state Senator Barbara Martin Blackmon. Due to term limits, Tuck was ineligible to seek a third term as lieutenant governor in the 2007 election.

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