Blake David Moore (born June 22, 1980)[1] is an American politician and former diplomat from the state of Utah. He is the U.S. Representative for Utah’s 1st congressional district.

Early life and education

Moore was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He attended Ogden High School, graduating in 1998.[2][3] During high school, he was a quarterback for the football team.[4] In 1997, he won the Wendy’s High School Heisman.[5] He is an Eagle Scout.[6]

After graduating from high school, Moore enrolled at Utah State University on a football scholarship.[7] His freshman year roommate was American-born Azerbaijani NBA player Spencer Nelson. During his freshman year, Moore’s football scholarship was rescinded by a newly installed football coach after he left to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Seoul, South Korea.[8]

After returning from his mission, Moore transferred to the University of Utah, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral science and business. He earned a Master of Science degree in public policy and administration from Northwestern University.[9][10]

Career

Moore served as a United States Foreign Service officer in the United States Department of State, and worked as a principal for the Cicero Group, a management consulting firm based in Salt Lake City.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

In February 2020, Moore declared his candidacy for Utah’s 1st congressional district in the 2020 elections.[11] In a field of 12 primary candidates, Moore advanced out of the Republican nominating convention in second place, together with Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson. Two other candidates, Davis County commissioner Bob Stevenson and Kaysville mayor Katie Witt, also secured their spot in the primary by gathering signatures. During the party nominating process, Moore was criticized for not living within the congressional district.[12] At the time, he resided on the east bench of Salt Lake City, 15 miles outside the district. Congressional candidates are not required to live inside the district they represent, only in the same state. Moore then won the four-way June 30 Republican primary with just over 30% of the vote.[13]

In the general election, Moore defeated Democratic nominee Darren Parry with 69.5% of the vote to Parry’s 30.4%.[14] He took office on January 3, 2021, marking the first time an incumbent had not run in 18 years and maintaining Republican control of the district since 1980.[15][16] Moore has said that despite being elected to one of the most powerful political bodies in the world, the title he most prizes is “Little League coach”.[17]

Tenure

On May 19, 2021, Moore was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6, 2021 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[18]

Moore was among the few House Republicans who voted to keep Liz Cheney as conference chair both times a vote was held.[19]

Moore failed to disclose $1.1 million in stock trades as required by law and has acknowledged paying a $200 fine to the House Committee on Ethics.[20]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Moore and his wife, Jane Boyer, have three sons.[25][26] In October 2020, Moore, Jane, and their three children all tested positive for COVID-19, though none were hospitalized with the illness.[27]

References

  1. ^ Bautista, Lillian (November 30, 2020). “Rep.-elect Blake Moore (R-Utah-01)”. The Hill. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Standard-Examiner, TIM VANDENACK. “Ogden native, former U.S. foreign service officer launches U.S. House bid”. Standard-Examiner. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  3. ^ “Blake Moore – General”. National Football Foundation. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  4. ^ “Ogden quarterback is so much Moore than a good football player – Deseret News”. Deseret.com. November 4, 1997. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  5. ^ “House hopeful Blake Moore puts focus on foreign service, work with Utah’s economy | Government”. standard.net. June 16, 2020. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  6. ^ “Ogden’s Blake Moore named national winner of High School Heisman – Deseret News”. Deseret.com. December 13, 1997. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  7. ^ “Another Utah congressional candidate runs in a district where he does not live”. The Salt Lake Tribune.
  8. ^ “How Utahn Blake Moore went from a political unknown to GOP nominee for Congress”. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  9. ^ “Blake Moore”. Cicero Group. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  10. ^ KUTV (June 16, 2020). “Blake Moore – 1st Congressional District candidate”. KUTV. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  11. ^ a b “Ogden native, former U.S. foreign service officer launches U.S. House bid | Government”. standard.net. June 16, 2020. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  12. ^ /news/politics/2020/06/15/utahs-st-district/ “Utah’s 1st District Republican primary features plenty of controversy” Check |url= value (help). The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  13. ^ “Blake Moore wins Utah’s tight 1st Congressional District GOP race”. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  14. ^ “Utah House Results”. CNN. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  15. ^ “AP: Blake Moore wins Utah’s 1st Congressional District”. KSLNewsRadio. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  16. ^ “Blake Moore will be a new Utah face in Congress as Reps. Chris Stewart, John Curtis also win big”. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  17. ^ “Meet Representative Blake Moore”. U.S. Congressman Blake Moore. January 3, 2021. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  18. ^ LeBlanc, Paul (May 19, 2021). “Here are the 35 House Republicans who voted for the January 6 commission”. CNN. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  19. ^ https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2021/5/24/22451875/jan-6-attack-capitol-commision-utah-blake-moore-liz-cheney-deseret-news-editorial-board
  20. ^ “This Utah congressman paid a fine for violating rule on stock sales”.
  21. ^ “Congressman Blake Moore Selected to Serve on the House Armed Services Committee | Representative Blake Moore”. blakemoore.house.gov. January 25, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  22. ^ “Congressman Blake Moore Selected to Serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources | Representative Blake Moore”. blakemoore.house.gov. January 25, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  23. ^ “MEMBERS”. RMSP. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  24. ^ “Member List”. Republican Study Committee. Archived from the original on January 1, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  25. ^ “Meet Blake”. Elect Blake Moore for Congress. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  26. ^ Oglesby, Jon. “Former High School Heisman winner giving back”. Standard-Examiner. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  27. ^ “1st District candidate Blake Moore tests positive for COVID-19”. Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 8, 2020.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rob Bishop
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah’s 1st congressional district

2021–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Barry Moore
United States representatives by seniority
413th
Succeeded by
Frank J. Mrvan