2023 : Michigan’s First African American House Speaker

February 20, 2023 all-day

Public service is in Michigan House Speaker Joe Tate’s blood.

“My dad was a firefighter for the city of Detroit, and my mom was a public school teacher in Detroit,” said Tate.

Their acts of service laid the foundation for who and what he would become.

“They’re definitely two people that definitely motivate me,” Tate continued.

Tate has served his country in the Marine Corps, his MSU Spartan teammates on the football field, and his community as a lawmaker.

He is now serving Michigan’s 102nd Legislature, as the first Black speaker of the house.

Source : Donovan Long, “Family inspires Speaker Tate’s historic role in MI Legislature“, WXYZ TV, Detroit Channel 7, February 20, 2023.