Craig Fitzhugh is a small-town banker, an effective legislator, a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was born in Brownsville, Tennessee and raised in nearby Ripley, where he lives and works to this day.
Craig played varsity baseball, football, and basketball on some of the earliest integrated high school sports teams. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the UT College of Law, he served four years active duty in the Air Force as a Captain in the Judge’s Advocate General (JAG) Corps. He returned to Ripley to practice law.
In 1992, Craig joined the Bank of Ripley, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO. He created a bank grant program providing more than $300,000 to supplement classroom resources for local public school teachers.
Craig has represented the people of Tennessee’s 82nd legislative district in the Tennessee House of Representatives since 1994, chosen by his colleagues to serve as House Minority Leader. Craig is a strong advocate for public schools, improved health care especially in rural areas, and economic development throughout the state.