Personal Profile

Full Name Joseph Moody
Nickname "Joe"
Age 37
Hometown El Paso
Race Hispanic
Occupation Attorney
Education B.A., New Mexico State University; J.D., Texas Tech University
Spouse: Adrianne Riley

Joe Moody represents Texas’s District 78, a mixed urban and rural district covering much 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. Joe was married to Adrianne Riley in 2011. They welcomed their first child, William, in 2014, and their second, Preston, in 2016.

Joe grew up in the El Paso Democratic Party and began participating in elections at a very young age. He went to work for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in New Mexico during his college years, where he learned grassroots strategies firsthand. He continued working for Democrats while in law school, volunteering on local and national races, and in 2006, he managed his father’s statewide campaign for the Texas Supreme Court. That unique campaign involved a walk across Texas, which resulted in the most votes any El Pasoan ever received in a run for statewide office and led the statewide ticket that year.

In 2008, at the age of 27, Joe ran for state representative in a district that had been held by Republicans for 30 years. In one of the most heavily contested races in Texas, Joe was elected and helped usher in new leadership in Austin. It was the first of three tough races in District 78 that helped boost Democratic turnout in West and Northeast El Paso.

Joe recently completed work in the 85th Session of the Texas House of Representatives, his fourth term in office. During his first two sessions, Joe was part of 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 of the House to work on the select committees on Criminal Procedure Reform and Healthcare Education and Training as well as the Joint Committee on Human Trafficking. Joe fought to ease the burdens on soldiers returning home from service 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 85th session, Joe returned to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee as the Chairman; where his fair-minded leadership pushed through much needed reforms like the Sandra Bland Act (S.B. 1849), the Tim Cole Commission's recommended reforms for preventing wrongful convictions (H.B. 34), stronger, smarter laws on sexual assault (H.B. 822; H.B. 1729; H.B. 1810; S.B. 343), family violence (S.B. 256; S.B. 1250), human trafficking (H.B. 1808), and animal cruelty (S.B. 762), commonsense tweaks to some weapons prohibitions (H.B. 913; H.B. 1819; H.B. 1935), and a bill to help protect our children from cyberbullying (S.B. 179). His work this session on criminal justice earned him multiple accolades, including the coveted Texas Monthly ten best legislators list. He also served on the Juvenile Justice and Family and Family Issues and as the vice chair on the General Investigating and Ethics Committee, where he helped oversee investigations to curb waste, fraud, and abuse within our state agencies .

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 three sessions, and by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, which named him Representative of the Year last session.

Outside of the Texas 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.

Information in this bio was provided by Moody's office.
Last updated: March 21, 2015.