Former state Sen. Reginald Tate has died

Former state Sen. Reginald Tate (D-Memphis) has died, state Rep. Antonio Parkinson announced on Twitter on Monday.

Tate, 65, was defeated in last year’s Democratic primary by Katrina Robinson, a business owner and nurse. A hot mic incident in which Tate vented to a Republican colleague about his frustration with Democrats questioning his party loyalty was a major flashpoint of the campaign.

“I don’t like the lies. But I won’t take time out to respond to it. But I will tell you guys, there is not one time I sold anyone else out,” Tate told his supporters during the race. “I work for $20,000 a year. It won’t pay my car note. I can’t take nothing under the table or on top of the table. I’m too tall to hide.”

Tate said he’d worked both sides of the aisle to get results for his home district. He represented the district for 12 years.

5 Responses to Former state Sen. Reginald Tate has died

  • Benton Temple says:

    Awful news. Good man.

  • Roy Herron says:

    Senator Tate was my seatmate on the Senate floor.
    We shared in many struggles and battles
    and in countless laughs and smiles.
    I treasured and
    will always remember
    his counsel,
    his wisdom,
    his friendship.
    He was unfailingly kind
    to our children
    and to so very many.
    He blessed me
    and many.
    Rest In Peace,
    dear Brother.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Tate was smart and had real sense. It was his district’s loss when he wasn’t re-elected.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    I got to know him in several struggles. When I worked for the Public Defenders he was a voice of reason for sentencing reform and a centrist on economic issues. Very, very kind soul. Will truly be missed

  • Sen. Ken Yager says:

    Sen Tate was my friend and I was shocked and saddened by his untimely death. He was a effective Senator because he had the ability to work with members on both sides of the aisle His humor was an effective tool, too. Reggie Tate has left big footprints in the sands of time.

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