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Rep. Joe Moody

Texas House of Representatives
District 78
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 this past April 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 has largely focused on fighting to ease 
the burdens our brave soldiers face as they return home to Texas after their 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 his first session, he 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 last session were again recognized by TDCAA, which 
gave him their Law and Order Award.

Outside of his legislative work, Joe is an attorney who served as a prosecutor for many 
years at the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office. His criminal law experience also 
includes defense work in private practice, and he is now a partner at the Law Offices of Neill & Moody, P.C., which focuses on estate planning and probate matters.