Paul Pate

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Paul Pate
Mayor of Cedar Rapids
In office
January 1, 2002 – January 1, 2006
Preceded by Lee Clancey
Succeeded by Kay Halloran
28th Iowa Secretary of State
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Elaine Baxter
Succeeded by Chet Culver
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 1, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Richard V. Running
Succeeded by Mary Lundby
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 24th district
In office
January 1, 1989 – January 1, 1993
Preceded by Hurley W. Hall
Succeeded by Richard F. Drake
Personal details
Born (1958-05-01) May 1, 1958 (age 56)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jane
Children Jennifer, Amber, Paul III

Paul D. Pate, Jr. (born May 1, 1958) is an American businessman and politician from the State of Iowa.[1] A member of the Republican Party, he served in the Iowa Senate from 1989 to 1995, as the Iowa Secretary of State from 1995 to 1999 and as the Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 to 2006. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Iowa in 1998 and is currently the Republican nominee for Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.


Early and personal life[edit]

Pate was born in 1958 to parents Paul Sr. and Velma Pate. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Kirkwood Community College[2] and attended a short seminar at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.[3] He married his wife Jane in 1978 and they have three children: Jennifer, Amber and Paul III.

Business career[edit]

Pate, a third-generation builder, is the President and owner of Pate Asphalt. He was also previously the President of Premier Group Corporation, the President and publisher of Pavco Publishing Company and was the President and owner of internet banking company PM Systems Corporation until it was bought by S1 Corporation in 2010.[4]

Political career[edit]

Pate was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 1988, for the 24th district. He was re-elected in 1992, for the 26th district. Both districts were located in Linn County.[5][6] He ran for Iowa Secretary of State in 1994 and was unopposed in the Republican primary. In the general election, he defeated Democrat Anne Pedersen, the Lee County Auditor, by 473,371 votes (51.73%) to 425,626 (46.51%).

He did not run for re-election in 1998, instead running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Iowa. Incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad chose not to run for a fifth term, so the seat was open. Pate came third out of three candidates in the Republican primary, with 13,299 votes (8.19%), behind telecommunications executive and Branstad's Chief of Staff David A. Oman, who took 35,402 votes (21.80%), and former U.S. Representative and 1996 Senate nominee Jim Ross Lightfoot, who won with 113,499 votes (69.89%).[7]

In 2001, Pate ran for Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, winning the officially non-partisan election with 20,210 votes (54.93%) to three-term incumbent Democratic Mayor Lee Clancey's 16,450 votes (44.71%). Pate ran for re-election in 2003 and defeated perennial candidate Paul T. Larson by 26,001 votes (76%) to 7,463 (21.81%).[8][9] He was an advocate of strong-mayor form of city government and chose not to run for re-election in 2005 after a city referendum backed a weak-mayor form of government instead. He then returned to running Pate Asphalt in Hiawatha, Iowa.[10]

On January 18, 2010, Pate filed paperwork to notify the Iowa state election board that he was considering a run for his former position as Iowa Secretary of State against Democratic incumbent Michael Mauro. He was reportedly intrigued at the idea of being able to run for office alongside former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.[11] However, he decided not to run for the office.[12] He did however decide to run four years later after Republican incumbent Matt Schultz instead ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Iowa's 3rd congressional district.[13] Pate was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Brad Anderson in the 2014 general election.[14]


  1. ^ Paul Pate
  2. ^ "Secretary of State: Paul Pate, Republican". 
  3. ^ The Des Moines Register (September 25, 1997). "Accuracy in resumes". The Des Moines Register. The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Paul D. Pate". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
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  7. ^ Paul Pate,
  8. ^ "P.T. Larson makes 13th run at city office". The Gazette. September 17, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pate, Wagner Are in". Cedar Rapids Gazette. Retrieved 2001-11-07. 
  10. ^ "Eye On The Island". Wordpress. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  11. ^ "Pate forms committee to run for secretary of state". The Iowa Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  12. ^ Pate Will Not Run For Secretary of State
  13. ^ Jacobs, Jennifer (January 9, 2014). "Elections chief Matt Schultz jumps into race for Congress". Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Paul Pate Announces Bid for Secretary of State". January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
Preceded by
Mary Jane Odell
Iowa Secretary of State
1995 – 1999
Succeeded by
Chet Culver
Preceded by
Lee Clancey
Mayor of Cedar Rapids
2002 – 2006
Succeeded by
Kay Halloran