By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Madison County Republican Executive Committee will present the 2nd biennial Freedom Gala: A Celebration of Freedom on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Jackson Center in Research Park in Huntsville. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore will be the Keynote Speaker.
Moore is a life-long Alabamian and outspoken constitutional conservative that has stood up for liberty and religious freedom his entire career. He is an alumnus of Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama, and an alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts and Engineering. Moore also has a 1977 law degree from the University of Alabama.
Moore served in the U.S. Army as a company commander with the Military Police Corps in Vietnam. Judge Moore was the first full-time deputy district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama from 1977 until 1982. In 1984, Moore went into private practice of law in Gadsden, Alabama.
In 1992, Moore was appointed a judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama by Gov. Guy Hunt, and served until his election as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000. In 2003, he was removed from his position as chief justice by a judicial panel for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument that he installed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.
From 2003 until 2012, Judge Moore served as president of the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, lecturing throughout the country and filing amicus curiae briefs regarding the United States Constitution in Federal District Courts, State Supreme Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Judge Moore was re-elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in November of 2012 and took office in January of 2013.
In 2016, Moore was suspended for refusing to sign an order ordering Alabama probate judges to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Moore retired to seek the office of U.S. Senate in 2017. Moore won the GOP primary runoff on September 26, despite being outspent by appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., almost 15 to 1.
Moore and his wife, Kayla, have four children and five grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church in Gallant, Alabama.
Moore faces former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the Dec. 12, 2017, special election for the vacancy created by Jeff Sessions appointment as U.S. attorney general.
The general and VIP receptions will begin at 6 p.m. The dinner and gala starts at 7 p.m.
This newly created biennial event is expected to be the single largest gathering of Republican officials, and supporters in North Alabama. The Freedom Gala will showcase the influence of North Alabama within the Republican Party.
Individual tickets are $125 per person and include general reception, plus dinner and gala admission. They can be purchased at:
Sponsorships are still available. Please direct inquiries to David Pinkleton at 256-714-1142 or [email protected].
For more information about the Madison County Republican Party, please visit www.mgop.org.