Horacena Tate is seeking her eighth term in office as a state senator, bolstered by 14 years inside the Gold Dome.
Tate did not return phone messages and emails to her office seeking comment on this year’s election but talked about her experience in a 2010 email when she ran for re-election.
“My experience has garnered me the respect of my colleagues, which allows me to work across the party lines,” she wrote. “This respect has earned me key positions on some of the most important committees, i.e. Rules; I replaced Sen. [David] Adelman, which was a choice by Lt. Gov. [Casey] Cagle and Senate leadership; Appropriations, and Health and Human Services.”
Tate is a familiar name in the state capital. Horacena’s father, Horace E. Tate, served in the same seat for 18 years and was the first African American to run for Atlanta mayor, in 1969, losing to Sam Massell. Tate’s daughter was first elected in 1998.
Born in Griffin, Horacena Tate has lived in southwest Atlanta since she was 5. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia in 1977, a master’s degree in educational administration from Atlanta University in 1988 and a doctorate in education from Clark Atlanta University in 1992. The 56-year-old is president of Tate, Marsh and Associates Inc., a software training, management training and technical writing company based in northwest Atlanta. She is single with no children.
Over the years Tate has co-sponsored many bills that became laws but pointed out a few that have made a difference.
“I am most proud of the No Driving while Texting Law recently signed by Gov. [Sonny] Perdue,” she wrote in 2010. “I have introduced several pieces of legislation that passed the Senate over the years related to distracted drivers. Many states have passed legislation prohibiting hand-held phones while driving, specifically; New Jersey was the first. And, I believe, several states have passed measures that prohibit the drivers of 18-wheelers from texting while operating the trucks. The fact that the state of Georgia Legislature is very concerned about the well being of ALL its drivers makes me very proud to be a part of the Legislature.”
According to the Georgia Government Transperancy and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly the State Ethics Commission), Tate reported $28,823.05 net cash on hand in her campaign disclosure through June 30.