Riley Moore was born in Morgantown. He began his career working as a welder in a rock quarry maintaining mining equipment alongside many from the Eastern Panhandle. He then went on and became a welder at a defense subcontractor, building defense items for the Navy and Army. While welding, he put himself through school and received his undergraduate degree in government and international politics from George Mason University in Virginia. He then went on to receive a master’s degree in strategic security studies from the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.
For many years, Riley served as a national security advisor on the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to working in the U.S. Congress, Riley was a contractor with the Department of Homeland Security.
In 2016, Riley was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates to represent the 67th district (Harpers Ferry/Shepherdstown) in the Legislature. In 2017, Riley was named Assistant Majority Whip and in 2018 he was named the incoming Majority Leader of the House of Delegates. In one term, Riley sponsored 24 bills that became law and were aimed at protecting individual freedoms, making West Virginia a better place to do business, and ensuring government works for you. One of Riley’s significant achievements was passage of HB 2980, a bill that established the State Police Forensic Laboratory Fund and provided much needed resources to work through the backlog of forensic evidence including rape kits.
Riley now works as a director at Textron supporting the U.S. Marine Corps helicopter programs. He resides in Harpers Ferry with his wife, Mina, and daughter, Lena, and is just down the street from his parents, Arch and Cathy.