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Louis Pate
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North Carolina State Senate District 5
In office
January 26, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina House of Representatives
1995–1996, 2003–2008
Mayor, Town of Mount Olive
1991-1994, 1999-2002
Bachelor'sGolden Gate University (1978)
Master'sGolden Gate University (1980)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1962 – 1982
Date of birthSeptember 22, 1936
Place of birthDuplin County, North Carolina
Office website
Louis Pate (b. September 22, 1936) is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Pate previously served in the House from 1995 to 1996 and 2003 to 2008.


Pate received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Golden Gate University. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for twenty years before entering the private sector and opening a building supply business. Pate served as Mayor of Mount Olive from 1991 to 1994 and 1999 to 2002.[1]

Committee assignments


North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations/Base Budget
Education/Higher Education
Health Care
State and Local Government
Pensions & Retirement & Aging
Appropriations on Health and Human Services


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pate served on these committees:


No-New-Taxes Pledge

Nine of North Carolina’s 45 incoming freshman state legislators signed a pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." The pledge was in line with each of their campaign promises to fix the state’s fiscal hole without resorting to tax hikes. At the time they signed the pledge, North Carolina was looking at a budget deficit as high as $4 billion in 2011.

Pate signed the pledge in November 2010.[2]



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Pate ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 7. He previously represented District 5, but he was redrawn into newly created District 7 when the North Carolina General Assembly passed a redistricting plan in 2011. Pate ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [3]

North Carolina State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLouis Pate Incumbent 100% 60,120
Total Votes 60,120


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Pate defeated incumbent Donald Davis (D) in the November 2 general election.[4]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 5 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Louis Pate (R) 25,780 54.54%
Donald Davis (D) 21,488 45.46%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Pate raised a total of $424,043 in campaign contributions.[5]

His three largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
North Carolina Republican Party Senatorial Trust $245,781
Pate Jr., Louis M $23,643
Korschun, Sanford L $5,000


Pate and his wife, Joyce, have three children. They currently reside in Mount Olive, North Carolina.

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Preceded by
Donald Davis (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 5
Succeeded by