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Joe is a leader with intelligence, experience, and integrity.

Joe Tate is running for the Democratic nomination for State Representative of Michigan's 2nd District because it's the best way to apply his military leadership experience and business expertise to give back to the community that has invested so much in him.

Joe is unique because he understands the diverse interests of District 2 and while, at times, it may seem that our interests are divergent, he knows that we are stronger working together than against one another. Joe knows he is the candidate to best represent the interests of both Detroit and Grosse Pointe, not one or the other. Joe is committed to empathizing with the concerns of all citizens of the district and working in partnership with community leaders to make sure we grow stronger together.

Marine Corps veteran. Business leader. Integrity always.


Born in the district at Bon Secours Hospital on Cadieux Road, Joe’s initial exposure to service began with his parents setting the example. His father, Coleman Sr., was a firefighter for the City of Detroit at Engine 52, Ladder 31, who gave his life while serving the city, while his mother, Debra, was a Detroit public school teacher.

After high school, Joe earned an athletic scholarship to play football at Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, he was a three-year starter for the Spartans and was elected team captain during his senior year. In addition to his success on the field, Joe was a model student-athlete, earning a degree in Public Policy and receiving Academic All-Big Ten honors for his excellence in the classroom. After graduating from MSU, Joe moved on to the National Football League (NFL) where he spent two years playing for three teams (Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, and Atlanta Falcons).

In one of the most important decisions of his life, Joe left a career in athletics and commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, first as a Platoon Commander and then as a Company Executive Officer, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of hundreds of Marines and Sailors. Two of his fondest memories were living and working with other members of his unit, providing support for small development projects to farmers living in Southern Afghanistan.

After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Joe returned home to Michigan to further his education. Currently, he is in the final stages of his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, a nationally ranked business school, where he was also elected Student Body President by his elite peers.

Joe likes hearing from folks from Michigan's 2nd District. Write him a note with any questions, concerns, or anything else you'd like to share. 

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Mailing address:

Committee to Elect Joseph Tate

P.O. Box 15545

Detroit, MI 48215-0545

Phone: (313) 769-8644