Meet Joe Tate

Meet Joe tate


Marine Corps veteran. Business leader. Integrity always.

Joe Tate 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 is the candidate to best represent the interests of both Detroit and Grosse Pointe. 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.

A life of service, teamwork, and leadership.

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. And it was during his deployments where he learned the success of a mission is best accomplished by prioritizing the welfare of fellow troops and the community.

After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Joe returned home to Michigan to further his education. He graduated with his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning, both from the University of Michigan

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


District 2 Community Groups

Creekside Community Development Corporation

Grosse Pointe Democratic Club

Southeast Waterfront Neighborhood Association

Detroit Organizations

14th Congressional District Democrats

American Legion, Post 303

Detroit Achievement Academy, Board Member

Detroit Economic Club

National Organizations


NFL Players Association

Sierra Club

Truman National Security Project