About Paul Pate
Paul Pate is a nationally recognized small business leader serving his second term as Iowa’s Secretary of State, and is a candidate for reelection in the November 2018 mid-terms.
Pate followed through on his 2014 campaign promises by making it easier for overseas military members to vote, instituting online voter registration, implementing the Safe at Home program for survivors of violence, and bringing Voter ID to Iowa. He has succeeded in making it easy to vote, but hard to cheat in Iowa’s elections.
Paul has dedicated his life to public service. A former State Senator, Mayor of Cedar Rapids, and President of the Iowa League of Cities, he was unanimously voted President-Elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State by his colleagues at their annual summer conference. Pate also serves on the Executive Board of the Council of State Governments (CSG), and was recognized by CSG with the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship, a top honor of state elected leaders.
Paul was born and raised in Iowa and is from Linn County. He and his wife, Jane, are the proud parents of three, and grandparents of five.