Lynn Fitch (R) has served as attorney general of Mississippi since January 2020 and is the first woman to hold the position. Prior to that, she served as Mississippi’s state treasurer from 2012–19 and was also the first Republican woman to hold that position. Her family history includes owning a slave plantation, ties to the Ku Klux Klan, and apparent nostalgia for the Confederacy.
Fitch is a board member of the Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF) and the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA). As attorney general, she asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a case filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center obligating Mississippi to operate “a uniform school system” for all students, regardless of race—a motion the court denied. However, she proved more successful in filing the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion restriction case, which led the Supreme Court to overturn its historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing women in the U.S. the right to an abortion.
Fitch reportedly plans to pay more than $550,000 to out-of-state law and PR firms to help her defend Mississippi’s anti-abortion laws. Riding the conservative wave of euphoria in the Dobbs decision, she is reportedly considering a run for governor in 2023.
In May 2020, Fitch filed a lawsuit against the People’s Republic of China for damages resulting from the Covid pandemic. She also filed a case challenging vaccine mandates issued by the Biden administration.
January 6, 2021
- As a board member of both RAGA and RLDF, Fitch was aware that the organizations funded robocalls in the weeks leading up to the insurrection encouraging Trump supporters to attend the March to Save America—the rally that fired up the crowd just before many of them stormed the Capitol.
The Big Lie
- Fitch joined a lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney general urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In a statement explaining her reasoning, she said, “I have joined my colleagues in supporting Texas’ efforts to ensure that our elections are free and fair. Voter fraud elsewhere dilutes the votes of Mississippians and it makes a mockery of the very foundation of our government.”