Commissioner Pate was elected to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners in December 2012 to serve District 5. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners in December 2015.
Commissioner Pate served on the Eastern Carolina Workforce Board, WORKS Board and Literacy Connections in Wayne County, Wayne County Red Cross, WAGES, Wayne County Human Resource Executive Board and Wayne County Workforce.
Commissioner Pate resides in Saulston, but grew up in Pikeville. He worked with the Employment Security Commission from 1980 to 2011. He was assistant manager in Greenville from 1985-1989, manager of the Morehead City Employment Security Commission (1989-1997) and Goldsboro Employment Security Commission/JobLink (1997-2011).