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Penfield W. Tate III

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
BBQ Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Autumn
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Cayman
Favorite Quote:
The World Is Run By Those Who Show Up.

Birthplace

Born:
5/19/1956
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
BBQ Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Autumn
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Grand Cayman
Favorite Quote:
The World Is Run By Those Who Show Up.

Birthplace

Born:
5/19/1956
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Lawyer and state government official Penfield W. Tate III was born on May 19, 1956 to Ellen Mildred Tate and Penfield W. Tate II. Tate grew up on military bases while his father served in the U.S. Army. His family eventually settled in Boulder, Colorado, where Tate’s father became the city’s first African American city councilman and mayor. Tate earned his B.A. degree in sociology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1978, and his J.D. degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1981.

Upon graduation from law school, Tate obtained a position as a trade regulation attorney with the Denver Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission. In 1984, Tate left the Federal Trade Commission and joined the law firm of Trimble, Tate & Nulan, founded by his father seven years earlier. He became a partner with the firm in 1988. In 1990, Tate returned to public service in an administrative role at Denver Mayor Federico Peña’s office, but rejoined Trimble, Tate & Nulan in 1991 once Mayor Pena’s term ended. The following year, he and his father founded the law firm of Tate & Tate, P.C. Shortly after founding the new firm, Tate took a leave of absence to become executive director of the Colorado Department of Administration. In 1994, he was elected to the vice chairmanship of the Colorado Democratic Party, which he resigned in 1996 during his successful run for Colorado State House. The following year, he was elected to the the Colorado State House of Representatives, representing the 8th District. In 2000, Tate was elected to serve the 33rd District in the Colorado State Senate. In 2003, he resigned from this position to run for Mayor of Denver, but was defeated. He returned to public finance law practice, and joined the law firm of Kutak Rock in 2015, where he represented public entities, lenders, and underwriters engaged in financing essential public improvements, and advised local and state governments. He was also a frequent panelist on the political talk show Colorado Inside Out.

Tate has served as a trustee of the Colorado Children’s Chorale and on the board of Denver Water, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. He was named the 2004 Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Coalition and the American Diabetes Association.

Penfield W. Tate III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 25, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Penfield W. Tate III's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Penfield W. Tate III lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about the origins of his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Penfield W. Tate III describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about where his father attended law school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers his father's mayoral campaign in Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about his father's political career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his parent's personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about handling his father's notoriety as mayor of Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers living in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Penfield W. Tate III recalls living in Germany
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about experiencing racism while attending school in Germany
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Penfield W. Tate III describes the discrimination on U.S. military bases
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Penfield W. Tate III reflects upon his upbringing on military bases
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his community in Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Penfield W. Tate III shares his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his experience at University Hill Intermediate School in Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about the role of religion in his upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers attending Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about his decision to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his father's role as a human rights executive
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Penfield W. Tate III recalls his decision to pursue a career in law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his experience at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Penfield W. Tate III recalls his experience at the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers being hired at the Federal Trade Commission in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about his work with the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Penfield W. Tate III describes the importance of regulations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers joining Trimble, Tate, Nulan, Evans and Holden P.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his experience working with his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about a memorable case
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers his work with Denver Mayor Federico Pena
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers the inauguration of Wellington Webb as mayor of Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about his daughter, Elleana Tate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers his position as executive director of Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about his work with the Democratic Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers being elected to the Colorado House of Representatives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about the restructuring of his law firm, Trimble, Tate, Nulan, Evans and Holden P.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Penfield W. Tate III reflects upon his efforts in the Colorado House of Representatives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about his legislative work with ownership of medical records in Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Penfield W. Tate III recalls his advocacy for the LGBT community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Penfield W. Tate III describes the influence of religion on state politics in Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Penfield W. Tate III describes the development of the marijuana industry in Colorado
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his role in the Colorado State Senate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Penfield W. Tate III recalls his decision to run for mayor of Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers his mayoral bid in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his role in the Denver Board of Water Commissioners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about water distribution and supply in Colorado
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Penfield W. Tate III remembers joining Kutak Rock LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about his political commentary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Penfield W. Tate III shares his thoughts on potential future political endeavors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about the 2016 Presidential Election
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Penfield W. Tate III describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about third party candidates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Penfield W. Tate III talks about the fate of immigrants protected under the DREAM Act
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Penfield W. Tate III reflects upon his time growing up in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Penfield W. Tate III reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Penfield W. Tate III describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Penfield W. Tate III narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Penfield W. Tate III narrates his photographs, pt. 2