|Richard T. Moore|
|Member of the
Massachusetts State Senate
Worcester and Norfolk district
|Preceded by||Louis Bertonazzi|
|Succeeded by||Ryan Fattman|
|Born|| July 7, 1943
|Spouse(s)||Joanne Moore (née Bednarz)|
|Alma mater||Colgate University
Moore is a graduate of Clark University, and he earned a master's degree in Student Personnel Administration from Colgate University. He has completed additional graduate-level courses at Clark and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
He was first elected to the Massachusetts State Senate on April 23, 1996, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Bills in Third Reading; the Senate Committee on Post-Audit and Oversight; the Joint Committee on Higher Education; and the Joint committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
From 1977 to 1994, Moore was a nine-term member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. During that tenure, Moore chaired three standing committees — Taxation, State Administration, and Election Laws — and served on numerous other committees and commissions.
He co-chaired the 1992 Bill Clinton for President campaign in Massachusetts and was chosen as a member of the Presidential Electoral College that year. In 1994, President Clinton nominated Moore to serve as Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was subsequently confirmed by the United States Senate and served in that role under the Clinton Administration for two years, during which he led efforts to develop a National Mitigation Strategy — a comprehensive, nationwide plan to help individuals, communities, and states reduce the risk of disaster from natural and technological hazards. In 1996, he was presented with the "Distinguished Service Award" by FEMA Director James Lee Witt.
He is a member of the Emergency Management Section of the American Society for Public Administration and co-chair, of the National Conference of State Legislatures' (NCSL) Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Response — created in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He is also a member of Executive Committee of the NCSL. In 2009 he was elected the President-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures. He took office as president of NCSL, at the annual meeting in Louisville, KY on July 28, 2010.