Craig Fitzhugh was born in Brownsville in 1950 and raised in Ripley, Tennessee. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1968, where he played varsity baseball, football, and basketball. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance. While at UT, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and played centerfield on the UT Freshman Baseball Team.
He graduated from law school at UT in 1975. Fitzhugh served four years active duty in the Air Force as a Captain in the Judge’s Advocate General Corp., serving at bases in North Carolina and England and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He remained in the active reserve for eight years, retiring with the rank of Major.
In 1980, he returned to Ripley to practice law and practiced until 1992 when he joined the Bank of Ripley, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO. Through the Bank of Ripley, he created a grant program that has provided more than $200,000 to supplement classroom resources for local teachers. The Bank of Ripley has earned six State Quality Awards and was named one of the Best Employers in Tennessee in 2007.
Fitzhugh is active in the Tennessee Banker’s Association, where he previously served as Chairman of the state-wide organization..
He serves on the Board of Tennessee Technology, Development Corporation, and the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission.
Craig also remains active in the legal community where he was formerly a member of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Recently, Fitzhugh was inducted as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.
Fitzhugh has represented Tennessee’s 82nd legislative district as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives since 1994. He is the former Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee and of the Council on Pension and Insurance. He currently serves as the House Minority Leader.
Craig has been married to Pam for over 40 years. She 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.
They have four children: Elizabeth Molder who is a librarian with the Maury County School System, son-in-law Chaz Molder who is an attorney in private practice in Columbia, Tom, who works in finance and daughter-in-law Windy a soon to be Family Nurse Practitioner in Memphis. Elizabeth, Chaz, Tom and Windy are all graduates of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Craig and Pam (or Fitz & Honey as they are known to the grandkids) have two grandchildren, Marley Mac & Charles Fitzhugh “Hugh” Molder.
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Fitzhugh has long been active in the community serving on various boards including the Heart Fund, Cancer Society, Tina Turner Family Center, Professional Counseling Service, Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce, Ripley Downtown Development Corporation, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and other service organizations.
An Eagle Scout, he has been an assistant scoutmaster since 1981. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award and is a Brotherhood Order of the Arrow member and has completed Woodbadge training.
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 is a 27-year sponsor of Duck’s Unlimited and a former District and Zone Chairman.
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. In 2011, he received the Good Guy Award from the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee.
He is a fourth generation member of First Baptist Church, Ripley and currently serves as a Deacon.
Fitzhugh’s hobbies include jogging, reading, travel, and spending time with his family.