Gov. appoints Chris Graham as new Commissioner of Dept. of Revenue

Following the recent retirement of Herb Frierson, Governor Tate Reeves has appointed Chris Graham as the new Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

In his announcement, the governor stated that Graham has a “proven history of fighting for our state and handling complex administrative and accounting battles”—having served in offices from the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office and Mississippi Ethics Commission to 17 years of legal experience as an attorney.

“Chris has been a true servant to Mississippi for many years, dedicated to ensuring the stability and growth of our great state. I am honored that he will take on this critical role to support the vitality of state and local government services for the people of Mississippi,” Governor Reeves said. “The success of this Department is crucial to the survival and strength of Mississippi, which has become even more evident during this pandemic as we continue working to protect our people from the harsh burdens. I am confident that Chris will lead this Department in the right direction to weather this storm and all future storms.”

Graham most recently served as the Senate Budget Officer for the Legislative Budget Office. Prior to his time with the LBO, he was the Assistant Director and Counsel on the Ethics Commission from 2007 to 2009 and 2012 to 2017. In addition to his experience in the field, Graham holds degrees from Ole Miss and Milsaps along with a law degree from Ole Miss.

“I am humbled to be appointed Commissioner to a department that can make a huge difference in the lives of those who call Mississippi home,” Graham said. “I look forward to working with Governor Reeves and the hardworking men and women at the Department to create a brighter future for Mississippi.”

Frierson retired after serving in the role since 2016 following an appointment by then-Governor Phil Bryant.