Horacena (Horacena) E. Tate (D-SS38)
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Georgia State Senate
Room 121-A State Capitol 206 Washington Street
Atlanta, GA 30334

District Office:
206 Washington Street
Atlanta, GA 30334
Elected: 1998    Next Election: 2020
DOB: 5/8/1956
Counties Representing
Cobb / Fulton


Senator Horacena Tate was first elected to the Georgia Senate from the 38th District in 1998. Senator Tate is a Democrat who represents portions of Fulton County and Cobb County. Sen. Tate serves on the standing Senate committees for Rules; Appropriations; Education and Youth; State and Local Governmental Operations; Reapportionment and Redistricting; and Urban Affairs. Dr. Tate currently is the Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman.

Born in Griffin and raised in Atlanta, Sen. Tate attended school in the Atlanta Public School system and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1973. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Georgia in 1977. After graduation, Sen. Tate began her professional career as an employee in the Georgia Department of Labor in 1977, and was once a volunteer in the office of former Governor Jimmy Carter.

To further her formal education, Dr. Tate entered Atlanta University in 1987 and in 1988, received a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Atlanta University, and in 1992 earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Tate is very active in community affairs. She has been the computer literacy advisor for the Butler Street YMCA; served as a volunteer software instructor for local churches; has been a delegate representing Clark Atlanta University at the International Community Education Conference in Trinidad; and a speaker for several metro public schools' functions, as well as Women's Equality Day for the Navy Recruiting District/Atlanta. She has served as vice president of Rosalie Wright Community Council and currently serves on the Board of the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home.

Sen. Tate has been an active member of the Cascade United Methodist church for many years and is a member of the United Methodist Women's Group. She also is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha National Sorority where she has held a leadership role as corresponding secretary for the sorority's Kappa Omega chapter. Sen. Tate co-sponsors the annual AKA Day at the Capitol.

Dr. Tate served as a Delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention and was a member of the Platform Committee for the 2012 Democratic Committee.

Sen. Tate has received numerous awards and recognition over the years, including the Top 100 Women of Vision Award from the Atlanta Business League, Public Servant Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Merchant Association, Legislator of the Year Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Women of Achievement, and the Unity Award from the Atlanta Job Corps.