|Felix Barry Moore|
U.S. Representative from Alabama's 2nd Congressional District
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Martha Roby|
Alabama State Representative
for District 91 (Coffee County)
November 3, 2010 – November 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Terry Spicer|
|Succeeded by||Rhett Marques|
|Born|| September 26, 1966|
|Spouse(s)||Heather H. Moore|
|Children||Jeremy, Kathleen, Claudia, and Jeb Moore|
|Residence||Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama|
|Alma mater|| Enterprise State Junior College|
Felix Barry Moore (born September 26, 1966), usually referred to as Barry Moore, is a businessman from Enterprise, Alabama, who has represented District 91 in the state's House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018. A Republican, his district is based only in Coffee County in the southeastern portion of the state.
In the 2018 Midterms, Moore waged an unsuccessful primary election challenge to incumbent Martha Roby in Alabama's 2nd congressional district seat, which includes the capital city of Montgomery. However, he successfully ran for the seat in the 2020 U.S. House elections when Roby retired, and took office on January 3, 2021 as United States Representative.
Education and personal life
Moore graduated from Enterprise High School and attended Enterprise State Junior College. In 1992, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He served in the United States Army National Guard. In 2003, he established Barry Moore Industries, a waste-management company in Enterprise. He is a Sunday school teacher and former deacon at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Enterprise. He and his wife, Heather, have four children.
Alabama House of Representatives
In 2010, Moore unseated the Democrat incumbent representative for District 91, Terry Spicer, 9,754 votes (64.4 percent) to 5,383 (35.6 percent). In 2014, he defeated Joshua Pipkin in the Republican House primary, 3,905 (55.5 percent) to 3,136 (44.5 percent), and was then unopposed in the November 4 general election.
On April 24, 2014, Moore was arrested in a corruption probe conducted by the office of then state Attorney General Luther Strange, subsequently the interim U.S. Senator. Moore was charged with two counts of felony perjury and two counts of providing false statements to a special grand jury in Lee County. He denied all charges, which he termed "baseless," and went to trial. On October 30, 2014, a trial jury found Moore not guilty of all counts. Had he been convicted, he would have been removed from the legislature and faced up to ten years of imprisonment and levied a $15,000 fine for each of the four counts. On October 30, a jury found Moore not guilty of all charges.
Moore was the chairman of the House Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee and sat on two other panels as well: (1) Commerce and Small Business and (2) Education Policy.
In 2013, Representative Moore voted to establish health care standards for abortion facilities in Alabama. In 2014, he co-sponsored the bill to prohibit abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. He voted to permit display of the Ten Commandments on public property, a measure which passed the House, 77–19. He supported drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare system. In 2015, Moore sponsored legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58–41. He supported the bill to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52–43. He opposed the increase the cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52–46. In 2016, Moore supported legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He did not vote on the bill to increase funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52–33. In 2017, he opposed allowing midwives to practice in his state, a measure which still won House approval, 84–11. He supported reducing the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed the House, 72–29. He voted against the legislation to bar judicial override of sentencing guidelines, a measure which still passed the House, 78–19.
- Alabama Primary Election Results: Second House District. The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
- Barry Moore's Biography. Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
- Barry Moore. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
- Barry Moore's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 22, 2017.