About the Secretary

About the Secretary

Paul D. Pate

Paul D. Pate

Secretary of State Paul Pate has dedicated his life to public service. Now in his second term as Iowa’s Commissioner of Elections, Secretary Pate is guided by three core principles: service, participation and integrity.

Paul Pate served in the State Senate for six years, beginning in 1989. He was first elected Iowa’s Secretary of State in 1994. Cedar Rapids voters selected Pate as their mayor in 2001. During that tenure, he also served as President of the Iowa League of Cities.

Upon returning to the Secretary of State’s office in 2015, 20 years after he was elected to that post the first time, Paul Pate immediately set out to increase participation in Iowa elections by instituting online voter registration. More than 10,000 Iowans registered to vote online within five months of its launch.

He also worked with the legislature to enact the Safe at Home program in Iowa. It was passed unanimously. This program is aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and stalking by keeping their address confidential.

Secretary Pate was recently elected to the Executive Board of the National Association of Secretaries of State and serves as the vice-president for the Midwestern Region. He is also co-chair of the NASS Business Services Committee and Task Force on Business Identity Theft, and a member of the Elections and International Relations committees.

In 2015, Secretary Pate was chosen for the Council of State Governments’ Toll Fellowship program, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious leadership development programs for state government officials.

Paul Pate is also a nationally recognized small business leader, a father of three and grandfather of five. He and his wife of 38 years, Jane, live in Cedar Rapids.