Consul Robert J. Tate
Robert Tate, Consul of the United States for Western France, assumed his position in Rennes on 18 August 2011. Robert Tate joined the State Department in 2003.
First assigned to Osaka, Japan as vice-consul, where he had the pleasure of serving as an official American representative at the World Expo in Aichi, he later served as vice-consul and third secretary for economic affairs in Bucharest, Romania from 2006 to 2008.
There, Mr. Tate worked on issues of green technology and helped establish the first internship program for university students in Romania. Before arriving in France, Mr. Tate was the press attaché, cultural attaché, and spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger, during a Nigerien military coup d’état, and national elections that later restored democracy.
Mr. Tate was decorated by the newly elected democratic government of Niger and the Press House for his support of democracy and encouragement of a free and professional media. He has been awarded the Meritorious Honor Award by the State Department five times during his career.
Mr. Tate speaks French, Japanese and Romanian. A native of Seattle, Washington, Robert Tate was educated at the Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) and at the University of Miyazaki as a recipient of the Monbusho scholarship awarded by the government of Japan.
Before joining the State Department, he worked in Seattle for an export company and had the pleasure of traveling extensively to attend trade shows in Paris, New York, and Japan.
Robert is married to Ellen Tepper and has two young children. Mr. Tate and Ms. Tepper backpacked around the world for nearly two years, visiting 38 countries, including many regions of France. In his free time, they enjoy outdoor sports, reading, and music.