Christopher Bates was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. 31 years of age, Bates is the oldest of 6 siblings. Bates attended PAISD schools and graduated from Memorial High School in 2003, the schools first graduating class. He then went on to obtain his Law Enforcement Certification from Lamar Institute of Technology and a Bachelors degree from Lamar University both in 2008. In May 2012 Bates won the Democratic Primary at the age of 26 and was sworn in as Jefferson County Constable Precinct 2 in January 2013. Bates is currently youngest Constable out of 770 in the State of Texas; he is the second youngest Constable in Texas History and the first African American Constable ever elected in his precinct. Bates has been bless to receive several awards, including the MLK Man of the Year Honor, the Port Arthur News Best Politician and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and The Southeast Texas Prestigious 40 Under 40 Honor. Bates also introduced the first Constable Criminal Justice Scholarship awarding a Memorial High School Senior and Partnered with the Department of Transportation to Adopt a Highway in the city limits of Port Arthur. Bates has been the Minister of Music at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Beaumont since 2005. Bates is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he holds the position of President for the Gamma Tau Lambda Chapter here in the Golden Triangle. Bates is currently attending graduate school at Texas Southern University, working on his Master’s of Public Administration. Bates is the father of two beautiful daughters.
Christopher Bates, Constable