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Powell Moore

Powell Allen Moore (born January 5, 1938)[1] was an official in the United States Department of State and the United States Department of Defense.


Early life

A native of Milledgeville, Georgia, Powell A. Moore was educated at the Georgia Military College, and then the University of Georgia, from which he received his A.B.J. in Journalism in 1959.

After college, Moore joined the United States Army, serving in the infantry. He was stationed in West Germany and was present there when the Berlin Wall was erected. He served for four years and attained the rank of captain.

Political career

Upon leaving the Army, Moore joined the United States Department of Justice as Deputy Director of Public Information. In 1966, he became press secretary for Sen. Richard Russell, Jr. (DGA), a position he held until Senator Russell's death in January 1971. In 1973 and 1974, Moore was a Senior White House Legislative aide under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He returned to the White House Legislative Staff in 1981 under President Ronald Reagan. During this period, Moore was involved in the White House's efforts to have Sandra Day O'Connor confirmed as a member of the United States Supreme Court.

In 1982, President Reagan nominated Moore as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs and Moore subsequently held this office from February 8, 1982 until August 5, 1983.

From 1998 to 2001, Moore was the chief of staff of Sen. Fred Thompson (RTN).

In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Moore as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, and Moore was sworn in on May 4, 2001.[2]

Moore left the United States Department of Defense in December 2004, joining McKenna, Long & Aldridge.[3]

He returned to government service in 2006 when United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld named Moore as his representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

He left government service in 2009, joining Venable LLP.


External links

  • Profile from Venable
Government offices
Preceded by
Richard M. Fairbanks
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
February 8, 1982 – August 5, 1983
Succeeded by
William Tapley Bennett Jr.
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