Roy Moore

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Roy Stewart Moore (born February 11, 1947) is an American politician, lawyer, and jurist who served as the 27th and 31st chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2013 to 2017, each time being removed from office for judicial misconduct by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. He was the Republican nominee in the 2017 U.S. Senate special election in Alabama to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, but was accused by several women of sexual misconduct and lost to Democratic candidate Doug Jones.[1][2] Moore ran unsuccessfully for the same Senate seat in 2020.[3]

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Roy Moore
Moore in 2017
27th and 31st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama
In office
January 15, 2013  April 26, 2017
Suspended: May 6, 2016 – April 26, 2017
Preceded byChuck Malone
Succeeded byLyn Stuart
In office
January 15, 2001  November 13, 2003
Preceded byPerry O. Hooper Sr.
Succeeded byGorman Houston (Acting)
Circuit Judge for the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Alabama
In office
November 6, 1992  November 7, 2000
Appointed byH. Guy Hunt
Preceded byJulius Swann
Succeeded byWilliam Millican
Personal details
Roy Stewart Moore

(1947-02-11) February 11, 1947 (age 76)
Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (1992–present)
Other political
Democratic (before 1992)
(m. 1985)
EducationUnited States Military Academy (BS)
University of Alabama (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website
Military service
AllegianceFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
Branch/serviceFlag_of_the_United_States_Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1969–1974
RankUS-O3_insignia.svg Captain
Unit504th Military Police Battalion
Battles/warsVietnam War

Moore attended West Point and served as a company commander in the Military Police Corps during the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Alabama Law School, he joined the Etowah County district attorney's office, serving as an assistant district attorney from 1977 to 1982. In 1992, he was appointed as a circuit judge by Governor Guy Hunt to fill a vacancy, and was elected to the position at the next term. In 2001, Moore was elected to the position of chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Moore was removed from his position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing a federal court's order to remove a marble monument of the Ten Commandments that he had placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.

Moore sought the Republican nomination for the governorship of Alabama in 2006 and 2010, but lost in the primaries. Moore was elected again as chief justice in 2013, but he was suspended in May 2016, for defying a U.S. Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). Moore resigned in April 2017.[4][5] On September 26, 2017, he won a primary runoff to become the Republican candidate in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat that had been vacated by Jeff Sessions.[6]

In November 2017, during his special election campaign for U.S. Senate, several public allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Moore.[7] Three women stated that he had sexually assaulted them when they were at the respective ages of 14, 16 and 28.[7][8] Moore acknowledged that he may have approached and dated teenagers while he was in his 30s, but denied that any of the girls were underage or that he had sexually assaulted anyone.[9][10] President Donald Trump endorsed Moore a week before the election,[11] after which some Republicans withdrew their opposition to Moore. Democrat Doug Jones won the election, becoming the first Democrat since 1992 to win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.[12]

Moore has been described as an advocate of far-right politics.[13][14][15] He has attracted national media attention and controversy over his views on race, homosexuality, transgender people, and Islam, his belief that Christianity should order public policy,[16][17] and his past ties to neo-Confederates and white nationalist groups.[18][19][20][21][22] Moore was a leading voice in the birther movement, which promoted the false claim that president Barack Obama was not born in the United States. This movement has promoted the claim before, during, and since Obama's time in office.[23][24] He founded the Foundation for Moral Law, a non-profit legal organization from which he collected more than $1 million over five years. On its tax filings, the organization indicated a much lesser amount of pay to Moore.[25]