Tim Moore (North Carolina politician)

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Tim Moore
Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 14, 2015
Preceded by Thom Tillis
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 111th district
Assumed office
January 2003
Preceded by Andy Dedmon
Personal details
Born (1970-10-02) October 2, 1970 (age 45)
Kings Mountain, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Campbell University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Oklahoma City University
Religion Baptist

Timothy Keith Moore (born October 2, 1970) is a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 111th House district, including constituents in Cleveland County. Moore, a Republican, is currently serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives. After the 2014 elections, Moore was selected by his fellow Republicans as their choice for Speaker of the House for the 2015-2016 session.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Representative Moore was born and raised in Cleveland County. He graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1988, and went on to attend Campbell University. Prior to his junior year in college, Moore transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1992. Moore went on to law school at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and earned his J.D. in 1995. Following law school, Moore returned to Cleveland County to practice law.

Personal life[edit]

Moore resides in Kings Mountain, NC, and has two children. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain. Moore is an attorney and recently opened his own private law firm in Kings Mountain, representing clients throughout Western North Carolina. He has been active on a number of boards, committees, and civic groups including the Shelby Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Life Enrichment Center’s Board of Directors, and Cleveland County Partnership for Children.

Election history[edit]

Moore announced his intention to seek a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives representing the 111th District in 2002, challenging Democrat House Majority Whip Andy Dedmon. Moore employed a grassroots campaign strategy, including campaigning door-to-door, and, despite being outspent by Dedmon 4 to 1 ($160,000 to $40,000), Moore won the election by six percent (53% - 47%).

In 2004, Moore was challenged by Kathryn Hamrick, the hand-picked choice of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Hamrick was well known in the community as the author of a regular newspaper article. While Hamrick appeared to be a strong opponent, her campaign was greatly damaged when it was revealed that she had taken campaign contributions from a pro-choice political action committee and when her husband was caught stealing Moore’s campaign signs from the sides of the road. Moore again employed a predominantly grassroots campaign, and despite once again being outspent by his opponent, Moore won re-election by ten percent (55% - 45%).

In 2006, Moore faced opposition from Betsy Fonvielle, a local CPA and a former member of the City Council of Shelby, NC. Fonvielle was not well-funded and, despite a national and statewide tide in favor of Democrats, Moore cruised to re-election by twenty-two percent (61% - 39%).

Moore ran unopposed for re-election in 2008.

In 2010, Moore defeated Mary Accor, a member of the Cleveland County Commission by thirty percent (65% - 35%), his largest margin of victory to date.

Legislative service[edit]

Representative Moore is currently the Senior Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of Judiciary Subcommittee C, which deals primarily with family law issues, Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Chairman of the University Board of Governors Nominating Committee. In January 2012, Moore was also named by Speaker Thom Tillis as the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Racial Discrimination in Capital Cases, which is charged with reviewing capital punishment in North Carolina.

In his first term, Moore served as Co-Chair of the Child Abuse and Neglect, Foster Care, and Adoption Committee, and as Vice-Chair of Judiciary II. In his second term, Moore continued as Vice-Chair of Judiciary II, and also served as the Co-Chair of the Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform Committee.

Representative Moore presently serves a member of the following House committees: Rules, Judiciary, Judiciary Subcommittee C, Finance, Elections, Environment, University Board of Governors Nominating, Public Utilities, and Redistricting.

Major legislation[edit]

House Bill 97[edit]

During the 2005 long session of the General Assembly, Representative Moore introduced House Bill 97, Terminate Parent Rights/Murder of a Parent, which passed into law and was signed by the Governor. The law gives the courts the ability to terminate the parental rights of parents who intentionally take the life of the other parent, which will protect children from potentially dangerous guardians.

Jessica Lunsford Act[edit]

Representative Moore’s greatest legislative achievement to date came in 2008 with the passage of the Jessica Lunsford Act, House Bill 933. Moore worked diligently for three years to assure the legislation's passage. This law provides that certain criminal offenses of rape or sexual offense committed against a child are punishable by either life imprisonment without parole or a mandatory active sentence of twenty-five years and lifetime satellite-based monitoring. The law also increases the penalties for sexual exploitation of a minor and makes the registration requirements more stringent.

Laura's Law[edit]

At the start of the 2011 legislative session, Representative Moore introduced House Bill 49, Laura's Law. The bill was named after Laura Fortenberry, a teenager from Gaston County killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver with multiple DUI convictions. The bill increased the penalties for DUI convictions, especially for those individuals who are repeat offenders. The bill also changed the maximum sentence for a DUI conviction from 120 days to 36 months, and any offender sentenced under this bill will be forced to serve their entire sentence. Laura's law passed both the House of Representatives and Senate unanimously, and was signed into law by Governor Bev Perdue on June 23, 2011. The law went into effect on December 1, 2011, and applies to any offenses committed after that date.

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