Party affiliation: Republican
Harold Martin Bates, American lawyer. Bar: Virginia 1961, Kentucky 1961. Member Virginia Bar Association, Roanoke Bar Association, William and Mary Alumni Association (board directors 1972-1976), Society Former Special Agents of Federal Bureau of Investigation (chairman Blue Ridge chapter 1971-1972).
Special agent Federal Bureau of Investigation, Newark and New York City, 1952-1956. Technical sales representative Hercules Powder Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1956-1958. Investigator United States Defense Department, Lexington, Virginia, 1959-1962, Louisville, 1959-1962.
Practice law, 1961-1962. Secretary-treasurer, director, house counsel Life Insurance Company of Kentucky, 1962-1966. Practice law Roanoke, Virginia, 1966—2007.
Retired, 2007; secretary, director James River Limestone Company, Buchanan, Virginia, 1970-1996. Secretary Eastern Insurance Company, Roanoke, 1984-1987. President, Skil, Inc., organization for rehabilitation Vietnam veterans, Salem, Virginia, 1972-1975.
Freshman football coach Washington and Lee University, 1958-1960. With airborne United States Army, 1946-1947.