October 13, 2015

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Race for Governor: Virgil Moore

Virgil Moore was born on December 4, 1933, in Knox County. Born to parents Ernest and Nora Moore, Virgil spent most of his early years in a small community near Barbourville, KY until his graduation from Knox Central High School. After high school and 2 semesters at Indiana Technical College, Virgil served in the Army from 1954-1957 before getting out to go to college on the GI Bill. Virgil attended Eastern KY University where he graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Math. While attending college Virgil met and married Sharon Maupin.

Also while at EKU Virgil decided that the military would provide his family with the best opportunity for security and stability, so he enrolled in the ROTC program with plans of going back into the Army as a commissioned officer after graduation. While in college Virgil received two awards for his achievements at EKU, the first being named a member of Who's Who in American Colleges, and the second being named a Distinguished Military Graduate which resulted in being appointed a Regular Army Officer of Artillery by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

After completing his education, Virgil returned to the Army and attended Career Officer's School in 1961 and Advanced Officer's Career Course in 1967. Following several years of service Virgil then attended Joint Service Air/ Ground Operations School in 1971. Virgil retired from the Army in 1977 with a rank of Major to devote more time to his family and his lifelong dream of being a farmer and politician. All in all Virgil Moore served his country for 21 years in the Army, serving in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam (during which time he won the Bronze Star for Valor while serving in Vietnam.) After retirement from the Army Virgil went into farming on his land in Grayson County.

In pursuing a career in politics, Virgil served as Republican County Chair from 1982-1990. Virgil also served as a National Republican Convention Delegate in 1984. He also was named a member of Who's Who in American Politics in 1984. Virgil then followed that up with a successful run for the Kentucky State Senate in 1992. Senator Moore is currently serving his constituents in the Kentucky State Senate.

Senator Moore has been married to his wife, Sharon, an Elementary School Guidance Counselor, since 1958. They have three children: Gina Tilford, a graduate of EKU with a BSRN degree, is the Nursing Education Director for Southwest Methodist in Ft. Worth, TX; Dana Goatley, a graduate of WKU with a BS degree in Textiles and Clothing, Small Business Administration, is a stay-at-home mom and Girl Scout volunteer in Bowling Green, KY; and Scott, a graduate of the University of KY with a BS degree in Business Administration, is the Director of Hotel Operations in Tunica, MS. Senator Moore and Sharon have seven granddaughters.

Senator Moore has been in the legislature for 10 years. During this time, he has observed the Governor's Office and its functions. He understands how to make our state more competitive with our neighboring states. We must be economically competitive in all areas of business.

Senator Moore has completed a study of the surrounding states regarding the trucking industry. He found that Kentucky is the most expensive state in our region. For example, it costs $4400 to operate a truck in Tennessee per year. The same costs in Kentucky are $8300 per year. Kentucky is the only state which has a usage tax on new equipment and a weight/distance tax. This results in Tennesse having a $20 billion trucking industry, while Kentucky's is only $1.6 billion.

Senator Moore will make this correction his first priority as governor. He has already approached the governor and the legislature about this issue and formulated legislation to provide this relief.

Senate Committees: Chairman of Transportation Committee, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Licensing and Occupations Committee, Tobacco Task Force, Vehicle Regulation, and Veterans Affairs.

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Contact Information

Email: senmoore@virgilmoore

241 Virgil Moore Road
Leitchfield, KY 42754

270-259-2108 (FAX)