Chief Justice Roy Moore: Career Highlights

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  • 03/02/2023

Here are a few highlights from the distinguished career of our 2003 Man of the Year, Roy Moore.

  • Born: Feb. 11, 1947 in Gadsden, Ala., the oldest of five children and the son of a jackhammer operator. Moore was raised in poverty, helping to support his family by bagging groceries at a local Piggly Wiggly.
  • Age: 56
  • Married Kayla Kisor in 1985.
  • Father of three sons and an adopted daughter: Ory, Caleb, Micah, and Heather
  • Religion: Baptist
  • High School: Graduated from Etowah High School in 1965. Served as president of the high school student council and was voted by his graduating class as the most likely to succeed.
  • College: Graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1974. Was a captain in the Military Police Corps and a battalion staff officer at Ft. Riley, Kan. Served as a company commander during a tour of duty in Vietnam.
  • Graduated from the University of Alabama law school in 1977.
  • Served as Deputy District Attorney in Etowah County, Ala., from 1977-1982.
  • Ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for Etowah County Circuit Judge in 1982.
  • Studied kickboxing and karate in Texas and lived in Australia for five months fighting in kickboxing matches and working on a cattle ranch during early 1980s.
  • Began private law practice in Gadsden, Ala., in 1984.
  • Elected Etowah County Circuit Judge in 1992.
  • Elected Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court, November 2000.
  • Removed by fellow justices from Alabama Supreme Court in November 2003 over alleged "ethical violations" in his refusal to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama State Courthouse.
  • Chief Justice Moore has received the George Washington Honor Medal from the National Freedom Foundation, Valley Forge, Pa.; the Christian Citizenship Award from Stamford University; the Bill of Rights Award; the God and Country Award from the American Family Association; the Spirit of America Founders Award; the Family, Faith and Freedom Citation from the Family Research Council; and a Doctor of Divinity Ecclesiastical Degree from the Methodist Episcopal Church USA.