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CHARLESTON — Following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather and aunt, Republican State Treasurer Riley Moore announced Monday that he would be running for election to seat of West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district in 2024.

Moore, who is now more than halfway through his first term as State Treasurer, spoke by phone Sunday ahead of his official announcement at 12 noon Monday at the Clarion Inn in Harpers Ferry, just down the road from his Shepherdstown home. Moore said he’s excited to take the next step in his public service.

“I am very excited to be running for this seat and to have the opportunity to serve in the House of Representatives,” said Moore. “I certainly think I’m the person best placed to run for this seat. My track record speaks for itself.”

No stranger to early campaign announcements, Moore began his campaign for state treasurer within days of losing re-election to the Jefferson County House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm election.

Moore is also no stranger to the US House of Representatives. After graduating from college, Moore served in the House of Representatives on the Foreign Affairs Committee for nearly a decade.

“There’s no learning curve for me going in there.” said Moore. “I worked there for a few years. I know exactly what I want and how to get it. I can immediately work for the people of West Virginia and represent their interests there.”

If he wins the 2024 Republican primary and general election, Moore would become the third member of his famous political family to serve in Congress. His grandfather, the late Governor Arch A. Moore Jr., served 12 years in Congress as a Republican representing counties in the Northern Panhandle. His aunt, US Senator Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., represented the 2nd congressional district from 2001 to 2015.

“This district is really a dream district for me”, said Moore. I live in the East Panhandle, I was born in Morgantown and my family has lived in the North Panhandle for generations. It would be an honor for life to represent the 2nd congressional district.”

Rep. Alex Mooney, RW.Va., has represented the 2nd congressional district since Capito took her Senate seat in 2015. Due to population decline in West Virginia, the state has grown from three to two congressional districts as of the 2020 census.

The 1st Circuit was combined with the 2nd Circuit, creating the new 2nd Circuit in the northern half of West Virginia, which contested Rep. David McKinley, RW.Va., and Mooney in the May primary.

Mooney defeated McKinley, who had been a six-term congressman since 2011, and defeated former Morgantown City Councilman Barry Wendell for the new district in November. But last week, Mooney announced his intention to run for the Senate in 2024, challenging two-year Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va.

Despite his white-collar lineage, Moore keeps his working-class roots at heart. He worked as a welder and earned an apprenticeship degree from CS Monroe Technology Center in Virginia. One of Moore’s first accomplishments as Treasurer was the passage of House Bill 2001, the Jumpstart Savings Program, which allows residents entering a calling or profession to save money to cover the cost of work equipment, professional licensing, certifications, and incorporation costs cover.

“One of the things I’d like to do is make the Jumpstart savings program a federal program, just like a college 529 account.” said Moore. “I want that to be everywhere in the United States … we need to focus on strengthening the jobs and jobs here in the United States and in the state of West Virginia. I think the Jumpstart Savings Program — which we’re a leader in here in West Virginia — is critical.”

Since defeating six-year-old Perdue in 2020, Moore has worked to improve the way unclaimed property is returned to the West Virginians, returning a record $18 million in unclaimed property in the past fiscal year. Moore helped lead the fight to maintain the Hope Scholarship education savings account program, which allowed eligible families to use a portion of their state spending per student for educational programs such as tutoring, home schooling, and private schools.

“I want ESAs (educational savings accounts) at the federal level” said Moore. “I want universal ESAs. I want educational savings accounts like the Hope Scholarship to be available to every student in America.”

Moore has also opposed banks and investment firms involved in boycotting fossil fuel companies and has backed a bill that would take notice of such financial institutions and divert government money from banks committed to environmental, social and governance causes. Use guidelines (ESG).

“I spoke to members of Congress and people across the country about the fight against awakened capitalism and the ESG movement.” said Moore. “I think there has to be someone who has been fighting in the trenches day in and day out at the state level to better inform what can actually be done at the federal level, so that’s going to be one of my focuses.”

Beyond EGS, Moore wants to work to make the nation more energy independent by approving reforms for new energy projects, completing major energy pipeline projects, and providing job security to West Virginians working in these critical infrastructure areas.

“We need energy independence again in this country” said Moore. “We had that under President (Donald) Trump and we need to bring that back. West Virginia absolutely can be at the forefront of this in bringing us back to energy independence. It goes so far that we want to protect the jobs that we have here in West Virginia in the energy sector, but try to create more jobs.”

Moore, who has served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sees China as a threat to US national security and an economic threat to US workers. Moore wants to focus on how the US is dealing with China.

“The US and Chinese economies are decoupling at high speed, and the Chinese economy is decoupling from us faster than we are from them,” said Moore. “We need to speed this up in the United States. We need more barriers in some places regarding their unfair trade practices that we have practiced with China over the years. We need to bring jobs back to the United States. We need to bring important industries back to the United States.”

Moore said he hopes voters will give him the opportunity to continue the work he has already done in the West Virginia Legislature and State Treasurer’s Office by being their next representative in Congress.

“I’m an America First Conservative” said Moore. “That’s the kind of policy I want to implement in Congress. Those are the things I did in the (House of Delegates) and the Treasurer’s Office. I want to continue this track record of conservative politics in Congress that I have fought for. I think my record speaks for itself and I will emphasize that throughout the 2nd congressional district. I’m just looking forward to going out and talking to people.”

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