Roy Moore is an American politician and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice. Prior to the year 1992, Moore was a Democrat. However, in 1992, he moved over to the conservative side and joined the Republican Party. He has held several highly esteemed positions in the judiciary in his home state. Additionally, he was on course to make it to the U.S. Senate in 2017. These ambitions were, however, scuttled by allegations of sexual misconduct from several quarters. Moore is renowned for his right-wing politics and has courted controversy with his views on racism, homosexuality, Islam, Christianity, and terrorism. Find out more about Roy below including his bio, political career, family, and net worth.
Roy Moore Bio (Age)
Roy Stewart Moore was born on the 11th of February 1947 in Gadsden Alabama. He was the eldest of five children born to Roy Baxter Moore and Evelyn Stewart. He had two younger brothers as well as two younger sisters. The family moved around a lot when he was a kid, probably due to economic reasons, and he found himself living in places such as Texas and Pennsylvania. His family, however, returned and settled down in Alabama.
For his education, the Jurist schooled at Gallant High School and Etowah County High School. He finished in 1965 and proceeded to the prestigious West Point Military Academy. He spent four years at the institution and got his bachelor’s degree in 1969. Thereafter, he joined the military and was deployed to serve as an officer in countries such as Georgia and Germany. He also got a taste of the Vietnam War before leaving the Army as a captain in 1974. After he left the Army, Moore recommenced his academic pursuits at the University of Alabama Law School. He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1977 and subsequently set up his own private law firm in Gadsden.
Roy Moore commenced his public service career in the Alabama judiciary in the 80s. He initially ran as a Democrat for offices such as circuit judge and Etowah district attorney but lost. His luck, however, changed when he joined the Republicans. Roy was appointed as a circuit judge in 1992 and subsequently won re-election in 1994. He held the office until 2000 when he decided to run for the Alabama Supreme Court justice. The Jurist, however, triumphed in the primaries and general elections to win the seat in 2001.
Roy held the office until 2003 when he was removed for refusal to obey a court order. He made comeback to the same office ten years later, in January 2013. His tenure lasted for four years before he was removed for refusal to obey yet another court order. Roy Moore’s political career has been fraught with several controversies especially his refusal to follow court orders.
For instance, in 2001, he erected a large monument of the Ten Commandments and placed it in the court building. Civil society organizations challenged this as they believed that religion should be separated from the state. According to the federal court, the act was said to be unconstitutional, hence, ordered its removal. Moore refused to obey the order and it eventually led to his removal from office. Also in 2016, Moore tried to resist a Supreme Court decision which legalized gay marriage throughout America. He ordered judicial officers in his state not to grant licenses to same-sex couples. This led to his downfall again.
His Net Worth
Some sources estimate Roy Moore to be worth $2 million while some others put his fortune at $4 million. He made his money from his salary (which is not really much), public speaking engagements and his books. The jurist has authored several books such as So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and The Battle for Religious Freedom (2015), Judicial Tyranny – The New Kings of America.
Roy Moore’s Family: Wife and Son
Roy Moore is married to a fellow Alabama native, Kayla Moore (nee Kisor). They first crossed paths at a dance recital at Gadsden State Junior college in the 70s. At the time, they did not speak but she caught Moore’s attention. After a few years, the pair met again at a Christmas party in 1984 and was able to ignite their relationship. The following year, the couple tied the knot and has been together to date.
Moore’s wife is a former pageant contestant and now works as the president of the couple’s Christian foundation, Foundation for Moral Law. The couple has four children together; two sons, Caleb and Micah and two daughters, Heather and Ory. Moore’s eldest son, Caleb, has been involved in several brushes with the law. He has been arrested on not less than nine occasions for charges relating to drugs, DUI, and trespassing.