Christopher Bates was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1985 and is the oldest of six children in his family. Chris, as most people call him, attended Port Arthur Independent School District until 2003 where he matriculated from the first class of Memorial High School. While in high school Chris played football and excelled in choir and academics. Chris graduated as a Texas Scholar with Cum Laude honors.
After high school Chris enrolled at Lamar University where he received scholarships to be part of the prestigious Lamar A Cappella Choir and a member of Psalm 150 Gospel Chorus. In 2008 Chris applied and was accepted into the Lamar Institute of Technology Regional Police Academy. While Chris was attending the police academy he continued to attend Lamar University in pursuit of his Bachelors Degree. In May 2008 Chris graduated from Lamar Institute of Technology with a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement and was licensed as a Texas Peace Officer. In that same week, Chris received a Bachelors Degree in General Studies, graduating with a 3.4 GPA for his collegiate career.
In May 2008 Chris joined the Port Arthur Police Department as a patrolman where he served the people of Port Arthur. During his career with the Port Arthur Police Department, Chris was able to protect and serve the city during Hurricane Ike and kept the city safe along with his co-workers. In March 2009 Chris was given the great opportunity to work for Constable Eddie Collins as a Deputy Constable for Precinct 8. Chris excelled under Constable Collins’ leadership as a part of the Absent Student Assistance Program partnered with the Port Arthur Independent School District. Chris also served as a bailiff for Justice of the Peace Precinct 8 Court. In September 2010 Chris was unexpectedly part of a layoff from the county due to county budget cuts. During this time, Port Arthur I.S.D. was creating their own police department and Chris was able to join the Port Arthur I.S.D. Police Department. While working at the school district Chris saw the need to do more to help the youth in the community. With prayer, family and friends support, he decided to run for the position of Jefferson County Constable Precinct 2.
The roads were rough and the miles were long, but at the age of 26, Christopher Bates won the Democratic Primary on May 29, 2012 with an overwhelming number of votes in a four candidate race. On November 6, 2012 Christopher Bates won the General Election and on January 2, 2013 he was sworn in as Jefferson County Constable Precinct 2. Adding to his achievements and milestones, Constable Bates, then 27 years old, is the second youngest constable in the history of Texas. He is the youngest elected official ever in Jefferson County, the first African American Constable of Precinct 2, and is presently the youngest constable in Texas out of 770 constables.
Constable Bates has been actively involved in the community of Port Arthur all his life. He has spent his entire law enforcement career in Port Arthur serving our citizens and making the streets safe for the children. He has provided community service for Jefferson County all his life and will continue to serve in many more positive ways. Constable Bates is a member of the Young Men ~N~ Christ gospel singing group and has been so since the 11th grade in high school. The group has sung in various churches in the community showing the children, especially the young men, that there is a better way of life when you have a Christian heart. He is the Minister of Music at his church where he directs all choirs. Constable Bates was the first president for the Jr. Laymen Eastern Progressive Association in the Golden Triangle. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he is an active member of the Gamma Tau Lambda Chapter here in Jefferson County.
Constable Christopher Bates enjoys spending time with his two beautiful daughters and will always be committed to the community and dedicated to progress.