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Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr.

David H. Lillard, Jr.

41st Treasurer; Years Served: 2009–present

Tennessee County of Residence: Shelby

Place of Birth: Ft. Rucker, Alabama

Date of Birth: November 23, 1953

Political Affiliation: Republican


David H. Lillard, Jr., Tennessee State Treasurer, is married to Patricia Newton and has two children, Scott Lillard and Brooke Lillard, and a stepdaughter, Rachel Newton. He is a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, where he has served as a Sunday school teacher. He has also served on the administrative boards of two other Methodist churches.

He was elected Tennessee State Treasurer in January 2009. In both his professional life and also in public service, Treasurer Lillard has had extensive experience in corporate finance, municipal finance, governmental budgeting and related fields. He has also long been active in statewide civic affairs of Tennessee. Treasurer Lillard has over 25 years experience as an attorney practicing finance law, health law and tax law, including serving as counsel in equity and debt securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He also practiced municipal law, emphasizing the fields of economic development and municipal finance. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL), and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

Treasurer Lillard is a graduate tax attorney who received a Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M. in Taxation) from the University of Florida in 1983. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Memphis. He is listed in multiple years’ editions of The Best Lawyers in America, including the 2009 edition. He also holds an "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest designation for legal ability and ethics. He served as Chairman of the Shelby County (Memphis) Board of Commissioners in 2007-2008 and as a Shelby County Commissioner from 2002 to 2009. He also served in 2006-2007 as president of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association. From 1993 to 2002, he was a Shelby County Election Commissioner.

Treasurer Lillard was Finance Chairman of the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure from 2001 to 2003 and was awarded the Cameo Award with Sterling Silver Ribbon for outstanding volunteer service to the Foundation in 2003. From 1998 to 2000, Treasurer Lillard was president of the National Alumni Association of the University of Memphis School of Law. He has been a member of the Economic Club of Memphis from 1988 to 2009.

Reference: Tennessee Blue Book, 2009–2010

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