State Treasurer of Mississippi
Lynn Fitch was sworn in as Mississippi’s 54th Treasurer on January 5, 2012. She is only the second female Treasurer in state history and the first Republican woman to hold that office. Lynn was elected to a second term with nearly 80 percent of the vote on November 3, 2015.
Throughout her tenure, Lynn has saved taxpayers over $100 million by being proactive in the way we manage state debt. She led the effort to reorganize MPACT, one of Mississippi’s two 529 college savings programs, to make it more financially sound for savers and cost-neutral to taxpayers. She has also helped to return over $82 million in unclaimed property to its rightful owners. And, Lynn established the TEAM (Treasurer’s Education About Money) initiative. This public-private partnership, in its first three years, has brought financial education to more than 66,000 students in over 350 schools and trained 1,200 teachers in personal finance, all at no cost to the schools, the teachers, or the students.
Raised in Holly Springs in Marshall County, Mississippi, Lynn earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Lynn began her practice of law at the age of 23 as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, where she represented financial and economic development state agencies. She was also in private practice as a bond lawyer with a focus on general and municipal bonds.
In 2009, Lynn was selected by Governor Haley Barbour to serve as Executive Director of the Mississippi State Personnel Board. Prior to leading MSPB, Lynn served as Deputy Executive Director of External Affairs at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. She served as Counsel for the Mississippi House of Representatives Ways and Means and Local and Private Legislation Committees, as well. She has completed two terms as Vice President for the Southern Region for the National Association of State Treasurers, and a term as National Chair of the State Financial Officers Foundation.
Lynn was a 2015 Honoree of the Women in Government Leadership Program by Governing Magazine. The Mississippi Women Lawyers Association selected her as the Outstanding Woman Lawyer of 2012 and the Mississippi Bar Association awarded her the Susie Blue Buchanan Award in 2017, as well as named her a Mississippi Bar Fellow. The Mississippi Business Journal named Lynn a Leader in Finance in 2016 and one of Mississippi’s Top 10 Business Women in 2010. Lynn’s commitment to community service extends to serving on the boards of several non-profits, including First Responders of Mississippi, Goodwill Industries, Red Cross of Greater Jackson Area, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2016, she served as Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Central Mississippi.
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