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Dennis Moore (born November 8, 1945) is an American politician and lawyer who served as a U.S. Representative for Kansas's 3rd congressional district, from 1999 until 2011. He is a member of the Kansas Democratic Party.

Early life, education and career

Moore was born in 1945 in Anthony, Kansas.[1] He attended the University of Kansas, from which he earned a bachelor's degree, and was briefly enrolled at Southern Methodist University. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law. He served in the United States Army before becoming Assistant Kansas Attorney General. After a period in private practice, he was elected District Attorney in Johnson County, serving in that capacity from 1977 to 1989. While a defense attorney at the practice of Moriarty, Erker & Moore, Moore represented Debora Green when she was charged with murder in 1995. The case ended in 1996 with Green pleading no contest to the charges.[2][3]

U.S. House of Representatives

While in office Moore represented Kansas's 3rd congressional district, the state's smallest and most affluent, which includes most of the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, including Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa and De Soto. However, during his tenure the town of Lawrence was located in the third district but was later redistricted to the 2nd District.

Committee assignments

Moore was the policy co-chair for the Blue Dog Coalition in the 110th Congress and a member of the New Democrat Coalition.

Political campaigns

Moore was first elected to the United States House in 1998, defeating the Republican incumbent, Vince Snowbarger. The district had traditionally elected moderate Republicans, but Snowbarger's unyielding conservatism caused many voters to shift to Moore. He thus became the first Democrat to represent the district in 37 years, after Democrat Newell A. George lost re-election to Republican Robert Fred Ellsworth, when it was the 2nd District. (It has been the 3rd District since 1963.)

Earlier official photo of Moore.

The Republicans put up another conservative, State Representative Phill Kline, in 2000, and Moore narrowly held on to his seat, taking 50% of the vote. His margin of victory was fairly close due to George W. Bush's strong performance in the district. In 2002, he faced another close race, this time against moderate Republican Adam Taff, an airline pilot. In 2004, Moore defeated law professor Kris Kobach, another conservative, in the general election, with 55% of the vote.

In the 2006 Congressional election, Moore successfully defended his seat against Republican , winning with 64% of the vote, a much larger margin than he had in the past.

In August 2007, Republican State Senator Nick Jordan of Shawnee announced he would challenge Moore for the 3rd District seat in 2008. Moore defeated Jordan by a vote of 56% to 40%.

On November 23, 2009, it was reported that after six terms, Dennis Moore would not seek re-election in 2010, when he would turn 65 years old.[4] Moore's wife, Stephene Moore, was the Democratic nominee. She lost the election to Republican State Representative Kevin Yoder. The district was not represented by a Democrat again until 2019 when it was taken by Sharice Davids.


Budget, spending, and taxes

In 2005–2006, Representative Moore supported the interests of Citizens for Tax Justice, an organization supporting fair taxes for middle and low-income families and the closing of corporate tax loopholes, 83% of the time.[5]

In 2007, the National Taxpayers Union, an organization favoring a flat tax or a national sales tax, gave Representative Moore a rating of F for a 4% rating. The NTU explains "A score significantly below average qualifies for a grade of “F.” This failing grade places the Member into the “Big Spender” category."[6] Representative Moore supported the interests of the National Tax Limitation Committee 0 percent in 2007–2008.[7]

National security

In 2007–2008 the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, D.C. think tank that focuses on national security issues, gave Representative Moore a rating of 25 percent. Their Congressional Scorecard cites Representative Moore for voting against the CSP position on 18 of 24 key votes. Specifically, Rep. Moore voted to limit Iraq war funding, limit surveillance to FISA guidelines, and voted against Missile Defense funding.[8]


Representative Moore sponsored HR 5055,[9] which would have raised the death gratuity paid to the family of a soldier who died in combat from $12,000 to $50,000.[10] This amount was raised again to $100,000 and was added to "The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror and Tsunami Relief Act 2005" and signed into law as Public Law 109-13[11] on May 11, 2005.[12]

Representative Moore sponsored House Resolution 387[13] in 2003, calling on the Department of Defense to cover all travel costs for troops from Iraq and Afghanistan granted leave under the Rest & Recuperation Program. The legislation was added to the Department of Defense Supplemental Spending Bill of 2004 and is now law.[10]

Property rights

For 2007, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to American Land Rights Association position, Representative Moore received a rating of 8 (out of 100). He received the 8% rating for voting on 11 of 12 key votes in opposition to the "Private Property Position".[14]

Gun control

Through 2003, Representative Moore supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 88% of the time.[15]

In 2008, the National Rifle Association gave Representative Moore a grade of F, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008.[16] In 2007 the organization Gun Owners of America gave Representative Moore a rating of F.[17]

Women's issues

Representative Moore is pro-choice and has a 100% rating with NARAL.[18]

In 2007, Representative Moore voted with the League of Women Voters 100% of the time. The League of Women Voters presented Moore with the Making Democracy Work Award in 2010.[19]

For 2007–2008, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to National Right to Life Committee position, Representative Moore received a rating of 0. Representative Moore earned the rating of zero by voting against the Right-To-Life positions during his entire political career.[20]

Environment and animal protection

The environmental watchdog group League of Conservation Voters gave Moore a score of 92% for 2006, citing pro-environment votes on eleven out of twelve issues deemed critical by the organization. The League praised Moore for supporting right-to-know legislation regarding the Toxics Release Inventory program, the Clean Water Act, and energy and weatherization assistance for low-income families, as well as for opposing oil drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, opposing salvage logging, opposing logging roads in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, and for opposing measures designed to expedite the production of new oil refineries.[21]

The Animal Welfare Institute a national animal protection organization founded in 1951 gave Representative Moore consistently high marks for supporting various animal protection issues on its Compassion Index.[22]

Representative Moore received a rating of 91% in the 109th Congress, a 100% rating in the 110th Congress and a 78% in the 111th Congress.

Electoral history

Life after politics

On February 8, 2012 Moore announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in its early stages. The diagnosis was made in June 2011 by St. Luke's Neuroscience Institute. Representative Moore's father was also afflicted with Alzheimer's. Moore now lives a peaceful life at a senior living facility in Overland Park, Kansas. He and his wife Stephene have been public about their dealings with Moore’s diagnosis, and Stephene has become a national advocate for families struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease.[24]


  1. ^ Dennis Moore, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  2. ^ Rule, Ann (2000). Bitter Harvest: A Woman's Fury a Mother's Sacrifice. Simon & Schuster. p. 189. ISBN 978-0743202787.
  3. ^ Rizzo, Tony (January 7, 2001). "Plea withdrawal in killings sought Debora Green had entered 'no contest' to '95 deaths of 2 offspring". Kansas City Star. Missouri. pp. A1.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Representative Dennis Moore: Budget, Spending and Taxes Project Vote Smart
  6. ^ National Taxpayers Union Rates Congress
  7. ^ VoteSmart: National Tax-Limitation Committee
  8. ^ Center for Security Policy: 2007/2008 Congressional Scorecard[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ HR 5055
  10. ^ a b Congressman Dennis Moore > Issues > Keeping Our Promise to Veterans Archived 2008-07-30 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Public Law 109-13
  12. ^ DefenseLink News Release: DoD Announces Increase in Death Gratuity and SGLI
  13. ^ House Resolution 387
  14. ^ League of Private Property Voters 2007
  15. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System".
  16. ^ VoteSmart: NRA Rates Congress
  17. ^ VoteSmart: GOA Rates Congress
  18. ^ Dennis Moore on Abortion On the Issues
  19. ^ Sullinger, Jim. League of Women Voters honors Moore. The Kansas City Star. 11 May 2010.
  20. ^ Federal NRLC Scorecard – 110th Congress
  21. ^ League of Conservation Voters 2006 Scorecard Archived November 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
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  23. ^ Washington Post KS-03 Race Overview, 2006 Archived 2008-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vince Snowbarger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Kevin Yoder
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Cooper
Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for Policy
Served alongside: Allen Boyd (Administration), Mike Ross (Communications)
Succeeded by
Baron Hill