Barry Moore
Rep. Barry Moore official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byMartha Roby
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 91st district
In office
November 3, 2010 – November 7, 2018
Preceded byTerry Spicer
Succeeded byRhett Marques
Personal details
Born
Felix Barry Moore

(1966-09-26) September 26, 1966 (age 55)
Coffee County, Alabama, U.S.[1]
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Heather Hopper
(m. 1992)
[1]
Children4
EducationEnterprise State Community College (AS)
Auburn University (BS)
Signature
WebsiteHouse website

Felix Barry Moore (born September 26, 1966) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Alabama's 2nd congressional district since 2021. The district is based in the state capital, Montgomery, and stretches into the Wiregrass. He represented the 91st district in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018.[2]

Moore first ran for the U.S. Congress to represent Alabama's 2nd congressional district in 2018, challenging incumbent representative Martha Roby.[3] He finished third in the Republican primary. After Roby's retirement in 2020, Moore launched a campaign for the open seat. He won the primary and defeated Democrat Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the general election.

Early life and education

Moore was born on September 26, 1966.[4] He grew up on a farm in Coffee County, and attended Enterprise State Community College.[5] He later attended Auburn University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science in 1992.[6] While attending Auburn, Moore was enlisted in the Alabama National Guard.[7]

Early career

In 1998, Moore founded Barry Moore Industries, a waste hauling company[8] now known as Hopper-Moore Inc.[6]

Alabama House of Representatives

Moore was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Terry Spicer.[9] PACs controlled by Mike Hubbard contributed more than $150,000 to his campaign.[9]

Two months after Moore was elected to the State House, he and his wife were awarded a contract with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). Total payments from ADEM from 2011 through 2013 were $64,612.[9][10]

In April 2014, Moore was arrested for felony perjury and lying to authorities during a grand jury investigation into Hubbard, Moore's friend and mentor.[11] In late 2014, Moore was acquitted of all charges.[9][12]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

Main article: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama § District 2

In 2018, Moore challenged incumbent U.S. Representative Martha Roby in the Republican primary for AL-02, placing third behind Roby and former U.S. Representative Bobby Bright.[5]

2020

Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama § District 2

Moore again sought the nomination in 2020. The seat was open after Roby opted not to run for a sixth term. Moore placed second in the seven-way Republican primary, the real contest in the heavily Republican district, trailing Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman. He then defeated Coleman in the runoff,[13] which had been delayed almost three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In that time, Coleman's campaign faltered, and Moore eventually won.[14] He then defeated Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the general election with 65.2% of the vote.[15]

Tenure

On January 6, 2021, Moore objected to the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results in Congress. On January 7, he was one of 147 Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn results in the election, immediately after the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[16] On January 10, Moore drew criticism for two posts on his personal Twitter account, one of which echoed the false claim of "stealing an election on November 3rd." Moore also posted about the killing of Ashli Babbitt, claiming that a black officer shooting her "doesn't fit the narrative." Twitter temporarily suspended his account; in response, Moore deactivated the account, alleging censorship of conservative voices. His official government Twitter account was unaffected.[17]

In February 2021, Moore voted against the American Rescue Plan, calling it a "blue state bailout".[18] The same month, he co-signed Bob Good's Right To Earn A Living Act, which would make state and local governments that implement pandemic-related stay-at-home orders ineligible for funding through the Coronavirus Relief Fund.[19]

In March 2021, during a House vote on a measure condemning the Myanmar coup d'état that overwhelmingly passed, Moore was one of 14 House Republicans to vote against it, for reasons reported to be unclear.[20]

In June 2021, Moore was one of 21 House Republicans to vote against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[21]

In June 2021, Moore was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[22][23]

In July 2021, Moore voted against the bipartisan ALLIES Act, which would increase by 8,000 the number of special immigrant visas for allies of the U.S. military during its invasion of Afghanistan, while also reducing some application requirements that caused long application backlogs; the bill passed in the House 407–16.[24] Later in August 2021, after the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, Moore called the American withdrawal from Afghanistan "a painful betrayal of our Afghan allies".[24]

As of January 2022, Moore had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 6% of the time.[25]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Abortion

Moore supported the 2022 overturning of Roe v. Wade, calling it "a huge victory for the pro-life movement and the Constitution."[27]

Electoral history

Republican primary results, 2018[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Martha Roby (incumbent) 36,708 39.0
Republican Bobby Bright 26,481 28.1
Republican Barry Moore 18,177 19.3
Republican Rich Hobson 7,052 7.5
Republican Tommy Amason 5,763 6.1
Total votes 94,181 100.0
Republican primary results, 2020[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Coleman 39,738 38.1
Republican Barry Moore 21,354 20.4
Republican Jessica Taylor 20,763 19.9
Republican Troy King 15,145 14.5
Republican Terri Hasdorff 5,207 5.0
Republican Thomas W. Brown 1,395 1.3
Republican Bob Rogers 824 0.8
Total votes 104,426 100.0%
Republican primary runoff results, 2020[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barry Moore 51,715 60.0%
Republican Jeff Coleman 34,503 40.0%
Total votes 86,218 100.0%
Alabama's 2nd congressional district general election, 2020[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barry Moore 197,996 65.2
Democratic Phyllis Harvey-Hall 105,286 34.7
Write-in 287 0.1
Total votes 303,569 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Moore is married to Heather Hopper, and they have four children together.[1][9] Moore and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 in August 2020; they later recovered.[32] The Moore family attend Hillcrest Baptist Church in Enterprise, Alabama.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Gaston, Faye (June 9, 2021). "Bullock County leaders met with Congressman Barry Moore". Union Springs Herald. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  2. ^ "Barry Moore". Legislature.state.al.us. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Gore, Leada (May 12, 2017). "Barry Moore challenging Martha Roby for House seat". AL.com. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  4. ^ "Barry Moore - U.S. Representative - AL District 2". Bama Politics. November 13, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Bryan Lyman (February 14, 2020). "Barry Moore hitting veteran status in congressional run". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Flack, Christina (December 21, 2020). "Discussions with Decisionmakers: Barry Moore". Medical Association of the State of Alabama News Center. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  7. ^ Thornton, Henry (February 13, 2020). "Barry Moore releases ad promoting his status as the only veteran in the AL-02 race". Yellowhammer News. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  8. ^ Mann, Michelle (December 9, 2020). "Barry Moore ready for next step in the journey". The Southeast Sun. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e Bill Britt (June 15, 2020). "A brief look at candidate Barry Moore". Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Britt, Bill. "Rep. Barry Moore Receives Thousands in Taxpayer Dollars". Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  11. ^ "AL Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise arrested on felony charges". WSFA 12 News. April 24, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  12. ^ Cliff Sims. "Alabama Rep. Barry Moore not guilty on all counts". Yellowhammer News. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Bryan Lyman (July 14, 2020). "Barry Moore defeats Jeff Coleman for GOP nomination in 2nd Congressional District". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  14. ^ Sell, Mary (February 14, 2022). "Coleman launches run for Congress, seeks rematch with Moore". Alabama Daily News. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  15. ^ Brown, Melissa (November 3, 2020). "Barry Moore defeats Phyllis Harvey-Hall for 2nd Congressional District seat". The Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  16. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). "The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  17. ^ Specker, Lawrence (January 11, 2021). "Rep. Barry Moore deletes Twitter account after suspension, controversial Capitol riot tweets". AL.com. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  18. ^ "Rep. Moore to oppose Pelosi's progressive state payout bill". barrymoore.house.gov. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  19. ^ Thornton, Henry (February 18, 2021). "U.S. Rep. Barry Moore wants to block federal COVID-19 relief funds to states that implement lockdowns". Yellowhammer News. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  20. ^ Diaz, Daniella; Wilson, Kristin (March 19, 2021). "14 House Republicans vote against a measure condemning military coup in Myanmar". CNN. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  21. ^ Grayer, Annie; Wilson, Kristin (June 16, 2021). "21 Republicans vote no on bill to award Congressional Gold Medal for January 6 police officers". CNN. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  22. ^ Shabad, Rebecca (June 17, 2021). "House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization". NBC News. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  23. ^ "Final Votes Results for Roll Call 172". clerk.house.gov. United States House of Representatives. June 17, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  24. ^ a b Quarshie, Mabinty (August 17, 2021). "These 16 Republicans voted against speeding up visas for Afghans fleeing the Taliban". USA Today. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  25. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron; Wiederkehr, Anna (October 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  26. ^ Beavers, Olivia (August 31, 2021). "The I-word looms: McCarthy faces internal pressure to go harder at Biden on Afghanistan". Politico. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  27. ^ Moore, Barry. ""Its official - Roe v. Wade has been overturned! We've waited a long time for this decision to be overturned, and countless lives will be saved as a result. Here's my full statement."". Twitter. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  28. ^ "2018 Republican Primary Results". sos.alabama.gov. Alabama Secretary of State. June 15, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  29. ^ "Republican Party - Official 2020 Primary Election Results". sos.alabama.gov. Alabama Secretary of State. March 11, 2020. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  30. ^ "July 20 Primary Run-off Official Results". sos.alabama.gov. Alabama Secretary of State. July 29, 2020. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  31. ^ "State of Alabama - Canvass of Results - General Election - November 3, 2020" (PDF). sos.alabama.gov. Alabama Secretary of State. November 23, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  32. ^ "Congressman Barry Moore, wife test positive for COVID-19". Associated Press. August 21, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2022.