By Faye Gaston
Leaders of Bullock County attended the Town Hall Meeting held by U.S. Representative Barry Moore in Eufaula on June 3, 2021. Chairman of the Bullock County Commission Alonza Ellis, Jr., Union Springs Mayor Roderick Clark, City Councilman Eugene Faulk, and Bullock County Economic Development Authority Director David Padgett attended the meeting held in the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce building.
Over thirty were in attendance and gave their full attention to Congressman Moore. Barry Moore, age 54, represents the Second Congressional District comprised of 14 counties, including Bullock County in southeast Alabama and most of the metropolitan area of Montgomery.
As the Republican candidate, he defeated the Democratic candidate Phyllis Harvey-Hill with 65.2% of the vote in the 2020 General Election. He fills the position vacated by the retired Republican incumbent Martha Roby. To open the meeting, he and his staff were welcomed. He began by telling about being married to his wife and business partner, Heather Hopper, for 29 years, and they have four children.
He spoke for an hour about government issues, told anecdotes about his government involvement, and answered questions from the audience. He emphasized not to hesitate to contact him about any problem. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives were sworn in on January 3, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol building.
In addition to his office in Washington, D.C., he announced that he has offices in Andalusia, Dothan, and Wetumpka in Alabama. There were grand openings with ribbon cuttings and receptions for these three offices in March and April 2021. He has 16 staff members in Washington, D.C., and Alabama.
As of June 3, he has held Town Hall Meetings in five cities and one breakfast meeting. Bullock County Commission Chairman Alonza Ellis, Jr. and a member of Moore's staff will work to schedule a Town Hall Meeting in Union Springs. Moore serves on six Caucuses: the House Republican Israel Caucus, Congressional Army Caucus, and the Congressional Air Force Caucus.
He serves on the House Agriculture Committee (subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, and subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture).
He serves on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (Economic Opportunity Subcommittee as Ranking Member and Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee). He understands the importance of veterans. His father, grandfather, brother, and son-in-law are his military family.
He served in the Alabama Army National Guard for six years, achieving the rank of E5 Staff Sergeant. In 1992 he received gas mask training to be activated in Operation Desert Storm, but the war ended before his unit was deployed.
He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, serving the 91st District for eight years (2010-2018).
He served as chairman of the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. He helped to get bills passed relative to the military. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Small Business and Commerce Committee.
While serving these two terms, he earned the reputation of being the most conservative legislator in Alabama.
He was the first elected official to endorse Donald Trump for President publicly. Moore was born and raised on a family farm in Coffee County, Alabama.
Moore attended Enterprise State Community College and earned a degree in agricultural science at Auburn University in 1992. In 1998 he founded Barry Moore Industries (Hopper-Moore Inc.) in Enterprise, an industrial waste hauling company. He and his family are active members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Enterprise.