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Joe Moody
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Texas House of Representatives, District 78
In office
2009-2010, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
J.D.Texas Tech University
Place of birthEl Paso, TX
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph Moody (b. January 9, 1981) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 78. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009. Moody was also a Prosecutor with the District Attorney's Office. He has worked on campaigns for Al Gore for President, Bill Richardson for Governor, Charles Stenholm for United States Congress, and William E. "Bill" Moody for Texas Supreme Court. Moody is a founding member of the Migrant Worker Project.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Moody served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Criminal Jurisprudence
Defense & Veterans' Affairs
Local & Consent Calendars


At the beginning of the 2009 legislative session, Moody served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2009
Border & Intergovernmental Affairs
Criminal Jurisprudence

  • HB 2086 - Relating to the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and punishment for certain gang-related and other criminal offenses, including engaging in organized criminal activity, and to the consequences and costs of engaging in certain activities of a criminal street gang or certain other criminal activity; providing penalties.
  • HB 2187 - Relating to the prosecution and punishment of offenses involving coercing, inducing, or soliciting membership in a criminal street gang.
  • HB 4164 - Relating to the conduct constituting the offense of graffiti, the creation and criminal prosecution of, and penalties for offenses involving graffiti, and the authority of certain governmental entities to take certain actions designed to prevent or eradicate graffiti.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Joe Moody was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Moody ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 78. Moody ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated incumbent Dee Margo (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Moody 53.8% 22,650
     Republican Dee Margo Incumbent 46.2% 19,430
Total Votes 42,080


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Moody ran for re-election in District 78 and lost. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and was defeated by Republican Dee Margo in the November 2 general election.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 78
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Dee Margo (R) 15,337 52.40%
Joseph Moody (D) 13,927 47.59%


On November 4, 2008, Moody won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 78th District, defeating Dee Margo (R) and Bill Collins (L). Moody received 26,176 votes in the election while Margo received 22,918 votes, and Collins received 1,706 votes.[9] Moody raised $708,548 for his campaign; Margo raised $1,073,457.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 78
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Moody (D) 26,176 51.52%
Dee Margo (R) 22,918 45.11%
Bill Collins (L) 1,706 3.35%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Moody is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Moody raised a total of $482,118 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[11]

Joe Moody's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 78 Won $482,118
Grand Total Raised $482,118


Moody won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Moody raised a total of $482,118.


As of April 3, 2010, Moody has raised $47,477 for his 2010 election campaign.[12] For updated figures, check the Texas Ethics Commission Filings.

His four largest contributors in 2010 are:

Donor Amount
Mostyn Law Firm PC $10,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Blackridge Consulting LLP $1,353
7 Donors, Each Donating $1,000 $1,000


In the 2008 election, Moody raised a total of $708,548.[13]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texans for Insurance Reform $108,251
House Democratic Campaign CMTE $95,500
Blue Texas $80,000
Vote Texas PAC $50,000
Texans for Economic Development $50,000


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[14] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Moody received a score of 21.1 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Moody has a wife, Adrianne.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dee Margo (R)
Texas House District 78
2009-2010, 2013–present
Succeeded by