Who is Wes Moore?
Wes Moore is the new governor-elect of Maryland beating his Republican opponent Dan Cox. Due to his landslide win with over 59% of the votes, Wes became the first Black governor of the state.
Moore is also a television producer, Investment Banker, and author. He was an executive producer and writer for PBS’s Coming Back with Wes Moore and hosted Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Wes Moore Age
Moore is 44 years old as of 2022. He was born on October 15, 1978, in Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.
Wes Moore Running Mate
Moore’s running mate is Aruna Miller, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates. She represented Maryland’s 15th district from 2010 to 2019.
Wes Moore Military Service
After Moore completed the requirements for the United States Army’s early commissioning program he was appointed a second lieutenant of Military Intelligence in the Army Reserve in 1998.
He interned under Secretary Tom Ridge at the United States Department of Homeland Security under Secretary. He then joined the Army amid the September 11 attacks and was deployed to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2006. Moore was promoted to the rank of captain in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Wes Moore Family
Westley Watende Omari Moore was born and raised by his parents William Westley Moore Jr.and Joy Thomas Moore. Both her parents were in the media business; his father was a news journalist while his mother was a media professional.
Moore’s father passed away in April 1982 when he was almost four years old and his mother together with his two sisters relocated to the Bronx in New York where they lived with their grandparents. His grandfather was a Jamaican immigrant and a Reverend.
Moore studied at Riverdale Country School and later was enrolled at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He then graduated with an associate degree in 1998.
Moore finalized the requirements for the United States Army’s early commissioning program and was assigned to the Army Reserve as a second lieutenant of Military Intelligence. He then joined Johns Hopkins University to study international relations and economics.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa in 2001. Moore also played as a wide receiver for the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays football team. He also graduated from Wolfson College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar with a master’s degree in international relations in 2004.
Wes Moore’s Wife and Children
Moore is married to his wife Dawn Moore. They met in 2006 and got married on July 6, 2007. They have two children Mia and James born in 20011 and 2014 respectively.
Wes Moore as the Governor of Maryland
Moore’s ambitions to become a politician began in 1996 when he told a reporter from The New York Times that he planned to join politics after he graduated from Valley Forge.
In February 2021, he announced his interest in running for Governor of Maryland in the 2022 election. His campaign kicked off on June 7, 2021, running on the slogan, “leave no one behind”.
Moore was endorsed by his former boss Oprah Winfrey, Prince George’s County executive Angela Alsobrooks, former Governor Parris Glendening, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
He won the elections with over 59 % of the votes against his Republican competitor Dan Cox who gained over 37% of the votes.
Wes Moore Books
- The Other Wes Moore
- Discovering Wes Moore
- The Work
- This Way Home
- Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City
From 2007 to 2012, Moore worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank in Manhattan and Citibankwhile residing in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40” in 2009.
Moore created Omari Productions in 2010 to generate programming for networks such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, PBS, HBO, and NBC. He created a three-part PBS series, Coming Back with Wes Moore, in May 2014, which explored the lives and experiences of returning veterans.
Moore founded BridgeEdU, a firm that provides services to help students transfer to college, in 2014. BridgeEdU participants invested $500 into the program, with different costs.
BridgeEdU was unable to reach financial stability and was bought in 2019 by the student financial services business Edquity, mostly for its client database.
Moore produced All the Difference, a PBS documentary that tracked the lives of two young African-American males from Chicago’s South Side through high school to college and beyond, in September 2016. Later that month debuted Future City, an interview-based discussion program on Baltimore’s WYPR radio station.
Wes Moore’s Net Worth
Moore has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 million and $10 million.