Leon P. Tate
Mayor Leon Payton Tate moved from 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, 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 citizens of these unique places and having the opportunity to experience their daily lives helped shape his thoughts and ideas about people and how they live.
Mayor 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 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. On 5 November 2013, he won re-election as Mayor of the City of Glenn Heights.
Mayor Tate resides in Gateway Estates of Glenn Heights, Texas. He is a father of two daughters; his eldest daughter resides and attends college in Florida. He’s a single-parent; his daughter’s mother succumbed to cancer in 2000. His youngest daughter is a senior at Red Oak High School and a National Honor Society inductee.
Mayor Tate is an advocate for social justice and an alumnus of Leadership Southwest of Class 2011. He works for the Food and Drug Administration within the Investigative Branch in Dallas, Texas