Chief Justice Roy S. Moore was born in Gadsden, Alabama on February 11, 1947, to Roy Baxter Moore and Evelyn Stewart Moore. The couple had met and married after his discharge from the United States Army during World War II. Roy S. Moore is the oldest of five children, three boys and two girls, born to the couple.
Because his father was a construction worker, the Moores relocated in 1954 to Houston, Texas for four years, where there was a postwar building boom. They returned to Alabama, then moved to Pennsylvania, before returning permanently to Alabama. Moore attended high school his freshman year at Gallant near Gadsden but transferred to Etowah County High School for his final three years of public education. He graduated in 1965.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree. While the Vietnam war was underway he served as a company commander in Vietnam. After leaving the United States Army as a captain in 1974, Chief Justice Moore completed his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1977.
After graduating from the Alabama School of Law, Chief Justice Roy Moore severed as the first full-time Deputy District Attorney in Etowah County, Alabama, from 1977 until 1982. In 1984, he undertook private practice of law in Gadsden, Alabama. It was during this time that he married his wife Kayla on December 14, 1985. Together they had 4 children and now three grandchildren.
In 1992, he became a judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Judge Moore was elected to the position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000. In 2003, Chief Justice Moore was removed from his position by a judicial panel for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument which was installed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building to acknowledge the sovereignty of God. During the time Chief Justice Moore was out of Alabama Supreme Court, he served as the President of the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, and spoke throughout the country on his experiences during the controversial trial. Chief Justice Moore was overwhelmingly re-elected by a vote of the people of Alabama as Chief Justice in November 2012 and took office in January 2013.