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Former State Representative Phil Tate Died Sunday

A former State Representative from Gallatin died this week.  Former Representative Phil Tate was elected to serve six terms in the Missouri House, from 1987 to 1997.  He died at his home on December 22nd.  Services will be Saturday at 11:00 am at Gallatin United Methodist Church, with burial at Hill Crest Cemetery in Gallatin.  Visitation is today from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the church.

Missouri Net News reports the 73-year-old Tate was best known for championing economic development in Northern Missouri and for his efforts to bring flood relief to the region after the Great Flood of 93.  That flood destroyed Pattonsburg and other towns in his district.

Tate resigned from the legislature in 1997, when he became the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Director of Business Expansion and Attraction.  In 2019, Tate helped in the efforts to bring Nestle to Trenton and take over the former ConAgra plant, saving 150 jobs.