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.
EDUCATION AND SERVICE:
Craig graduated from Ripley High School in 1968, where he played varsity baseball, football, and basketball on some of the earliest integrated sports teams. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the UT College of Law, where in 2010 he was a finalist for its Presidency. 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. There 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.
Craig has been married for over 40 years. Pam Fitzhugh is a Lauderdale County native who also attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Pam is a retired consultant for hearing-impaired children with the Lauderdale County School System. She previously worked in this capacity for the Dyer County School System.
Pam and Craig have two married children: Elizabeth Molder is a former first grade teacher and her husband Chaz Molder is an attorney in private practice in Columbia; Tom lives in Memphis and works at the Bank of Ripley/Bank of Tipton and his wife, Windy, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at St. Jude. They have four grandchildren: Marley, Hugh, BeBe and Ollie.
Fitzhugh has long been active in the community serving on various boards including the Tina Turner Family Center, the Heart Fund, Cancer Society, Professional Counseling Service, Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce, Ripley Downtown Development Corporation, Union University, Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and other service organizations.
- He received the 2011 Good Guy Award from the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee.
- He is a 27-year life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.
- An Eagle Scout, he has been an assistant scoutmaster since 1981.
- He has served as the first chairman of the Ripley and Lauderdale County 3-Star Committee.
- He has coached Dixie Girls Softball and Dixie Boys Baseball teams.
- He has served as president of the Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce and the Ripley Rotary Club.
- He was named Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Man, FOP Man of the Year, and Junior Auxiliary Person of the Year.
- He is active in the Tennessee Banker’s Association, and served as Chairman.
- He currently serves on the Board of Launch Tennessee.
Craig is a fourth generation member of First Baptist Church, Ripley. He serves there as a Deacon and Chairman of the Trustees.