Joe Moody represents Texas’s District 78, a mixed urban and rural district covering swaths of northern El Paso County. He is a lifelong El Pasoan and a second generation public servant. His father, District Judge William Moody, and his mother, El Paso school teacher Magdalena Morales-Moody, taught Joe the value of community service and respect for the laws of Texas. In 2011, Joe was married to Adrianne Riley, and last year they welcomed their first child, William.
Joe has returned to the 84th Session of the Texas House of Representatives after serving in the 81st and 83rd Legislatures. During those sessions, Joe served on the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, the Committee on Border and Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee. He was also tapped by the Speaker to work on the Select Committees on Criminal Procedure and Healthcare Education and Training and the Joint Committee on Human Trafficking. His work focused on fighting to ease the burdens on soldiers returning home and on a variety of criminal justice topics, including domestic violence and stalking issues, smart-on-crime initiatives like graffiti diversion, and efficiency measures designed to make the most of our limited criminal justice resources.
During the 84th session, Joe returned to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee as vice chair, where he continued to advocate for the rights of crime victims and promoted smart criminal justice responses and procedural reforms, including major marijuana policy reform. Joe remains one of the most respected voices on criminal justice in the House. He also served on the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee during this session.
At the close of his first session, Joe was awarded Freshman of the Year by two non-partisan groups: the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA). His efforts have continued to be recognized by TDCAA, which gave him their Law and Order Award the past two sessions, and by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, which named him Representative of the Year last session.
Outside of the Legislature, Joe is an attorney. He served as a prosecutor for many years at the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office before entering private practice, where his focus has been probate and estate planning as well as criminal defense. He is a partner at the Law Offices of Neill & Moody, P.C.
Joe believes in the people District 78 and knows that together, they can make a difference!