Alfred Tate was Chief of Staff to The Honorable James A. Leach, Member of Congress, from 1980-2003. In this capacity, he provided policy analysis and advice to a progressive Republican Member of Congress of increasing seniority on a wide range of domestic, economic, national security, and international issues. He wrote Floor statements, committee testimony, speeches, newsletters, and correspondence on a similar range of issues. In addition, he supervised the staff in Washington and the District Congressional office in Iowa. Mr. Tate and Congressman Leach have been close friends since they were elementary school classmates and, thus, enjoyed an uncommon alliance throughout their careers. From 1983-1992, Mr. Tate was an Editorial Board Member and writer for The Ripon Forum, a bi-monthly journal of political commentary. In the 1970s, he was the assistant to the president of the Minnesota Private College Fund, and teaching fellow and tutor at the Harvard College and Divinity School. Mr. Tate was a recipient of the Kent Fellowship from The Danforth Foundation, and won The Traveling Fellowship from Union Theological Seminary. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he served five years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy.