Former Lt. Gov. Tuck to Speak at Statehood Day

Amy Tuck, lieutenant governor of Mississippi 2000-2008, will deliver the keynote address for the fourth annual Statehood Day celebration at the Old Capitol Museum. The program, to be held at noon on Monday, December 10, in the House of Representatives Chamber, commemorates Mississippi’s entrance into the Union. A reception will follow.

“We are honored to have former lieutenant governor Amy Tuck deliver the 2012 Statehood Day address,” said Kane Ditto, president of the MDAH board of trustees. “Governor Tuck’s dedication to public service and commitment to education exemplify the active and engaged citizenship the Old Capitol Museum aims to foster through its exhibits and programs.”

Tuck began her political career as the state senator for Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha, and Webster counties from 1990 to 1995. She served as secretary of the senate before being elected lieutenant governor in 1999 and again in 2003, becoming only the second woman at that time to serve in statewide elected office in Mississippi and the first to be re-elected.

Tuck currently serves as president and director of the Mississippi State University Educational Building Corporation and as chairman of the MSU Special Events and Game Day Operations Committee, and is also on the MSU Community Engagement Committee and the MSU Athletic Council. Tuck is past chairman of the board for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and currently serves as a board member.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Tuck received her bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public policy and administration. In 1989 she received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.

The Mississippi Territory was organized in 1798 and included both modern-day Mississippi and Alabama. On December 10, 1817, President James Monroe signed the resolution admitting Mississippi into the Union as the twentieth state. Previous Statehood Day speakers have been former Mississippi governors Haley Barbour and William F. Winter and federal judge James E. Graves, Jr.

The Old Capitol, Jackson’s oldest building, is a National Historic Landmark. Located on State Street at Capitol, the museum’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, free of charge. The Old Capitol is a museum of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For more information call 601-576-6920 or email info@oldcapitolmuseum.com.

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