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Chief Counsel

Timothy E. Gates

Timothy E. Gates was appointed Chief Counsel to the Department of State on October 19, 2015.

The role of chief counsel provides legal advice and counsel to the Secretary of the Commonwealth and senior staff as required. He is responsible for the overall supervision of the Department's 100 attorneys, paralegals and support staff.

Prior to this appointment, Gates served as deputy chief counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC).  In that capacity, he supervised a team of attorneys who represented DOC in civil rights litigation.

Before joining the Office of General Counsel, Gates held the position of deputy attorney general with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.  As a deputy attorney general, he was assigned to the Health Care Section where he prosecuted violations of the consumer protection law and other laws enforced by the Attorney General.  Gates is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania.
Gates received his Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from the Widener University School of Law.  He served his country as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army.  He resides in Dauphin County with his wife, Sandy, and their three children.