Tate graduated from Marengo High School and earned his bachelor of science in computer information systems at Alabama State University and served as a lieutenant and nuclear-biological-chemical specialist in the U. S. Army. He has also served as Sunday School superintendent for Bethel Missional Baptist Church.
- Gray, Jeremy (August 23, 2013) "Birmingham election: Business, schools, City Hall fighting chief concerns for District 1 voters." The Birmingham News
- Jerry Tate campaign website