Leon P. Tate


Portrait of Mayor Leon Tate

Mayor Leon Payton Tate moved from Anthonyville, Arkansas to Dallas, Texas in 1986. In June 1987, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Six weeks later, he began serving in the United States Navy aboard several forward-deployed naval warships including USS Towers DDG-9, USS Curts FFG-38, and USS Oldendorf DD-972 stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.

As an explosive technician and instructor for High Explosive Torpedoes and Tomahawk Missiles, he traveled extensively. He has lived and visited the countries of Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Greece, Thailand, Bahrain, Africa, Pakistan, Malaysia, Rome, Australia, Spain, Diego Garcia, Philippines and the Maldives. His interaction with the citizens and culture of these unique places while having the opportunity to experience their daily lives helped shape his thoughts and ideas about people and how they live.

Mayor Leon Tate earned an Associate Degree in Marine System Technology from Olympic College and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Central Texas College. In 2003, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. Leon graduated with honors while attaining a Master Degree in Human Relations from Oklahoma University in December 2007. He earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Northwood University in Cedar Hill Texas in 2015.

Mayor Tate is a combat-veteran with 22 years of honorable naval service; he served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned 21 medals and ribbons that are among the Navy's highest decorations including the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, NATO Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

In 2009, Mayor Tate honorably retired as a Navy Chief Petty Officer and moved from Okinawa, Japan to Glenn Heights, Texas. In May 2010, he was elected as a Councilman for the City of Glenn Heights. In January 2013, he was elected as Mayor to an unexpired-term with one year remaining. On 5 November 2013, he won re-election to a three year term as Mayor of the City of Glenn Heights. In November 2016, he was re-elected to another three year term as Mayor while earning the highest vote total of any elected official in Glenn Heights’ history.

Mayor Tate resides in the community of Gateway Estates in Glenn Heights, Texas. He’s a single-parent; his daughter’s mother succumbed to her battle with cancer in 2000. He is now a father of two adult daughters; his eldest daughter resides and attends college in Florida. His youngest is a graduate of Red Oak High School, National Honor Society Member, and student of Texas State University in San Marcos pursuing a degree in Forensic Psychology.  

Honorable Mayor Leon Payton Tate is a public servant, change agent, advocate for social justice and an alumnus of Leadership Southwest Class of 2011. He works for the Unites States Food and Drug Administration within the Investigative Branch in Dallas, Texas

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