Wes Moore Biography

Wes Moore is an American author, entrepreneur, television producer, political analyst, and decorated United States Army veteran.

He is currently the Democratic nominee for governor in the upcoming 2022 Maryland gubernatorial election and if elected, he will be the first African-American governor of Maryland.

Here is a brief biography of Wes Moore:

Full NameWestley Watende Omari Moore
Age44 years old
Political PartyDemocratic
BirthplaceTakoma Park, Maryland
ProfessionAuthor, Entrepreneur, TV producer & US Army Veteran

Wes Moore Early Life

Wes Moore

Wes Moore was born on October 15, 1978, in Takoma Park, Maryland (he’s currently 44 years). His father, William Westley Moore Jr., was a broadcast news journalist, and his mother, Joy Thomas Moore, is a daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and a media professional.

Wes lost his father at a very tender age. He was nearly four years old when his father died from acute epiglottitis on April 16, 1982. In the summer of 1984, Moore’s mother took him and his two sisters to live in the Bronx, New York, with their grandparents.

His grandfather, Rev. Dr. James Thomas, a Jamaican immigrant, was the first Black minister in the history of the Dutch Reformed Church. His grandmother, Winell Thomas, a Cuban who moved to Jamaica before immigrating to the United States, was a retired school teacher.

Wes Moore Education

Wes Moore attended Riverdale Country School. However, when Moore’s grades declined and he became involved in petty crime, his mother enrolled him in Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

In 1998, Wes graduated from Valley Forge Military College with an associate degree, completed the requirements for the United States Army’s early commissioning program, and was appointed a second lieutenant of Military Intelligence in the Army Reserve.

He went on to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics in 2001. Immediately after, he attended Wolfson College, Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, where he earned a master’s degree in international relations.

Wes Moore Career

Upon graduation, Wes started a career in finance at Deutsche Bank in the international trade and finance division while living in London. In 2005, he stopped to join the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, where he served as a paratrooper, participating in a combat tour of duty.

He attained the rank of a Captain in the United States Army before leaving the military in 2006. He also served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

As an American author, Wes’ first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” was published in 2010. This book and “The Work” are New York Times Bestsellers. Additionally, “Discovering Wes Moore is a Young Adult edition of his bestselling book, and “This Way Home,” was his first Young Adult novel, was released in the Fall of 2015.

As a television producer, Wes is also involved in a variety of productions. Wes was also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as the executive producer and a writer for Coming Back with Wes Moore on PBS.

Wes, as a news contributor, contributed to various publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, and many other publications.

Wes was also into veteran activism. He became a vocal advocate for serving those who served in the military overseas.

As an entrepreneur, Wes founded and became the CEO of BridgeEdU. BridgeEdU is a social enterprise dedicated to reinventing the Freshman Year and creating a softer on-ramp to higher education for students entering their freshman year of college.

In 2017, Wes became the first CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty-fighting organization funding schools, food pantries, and shelters in New York City.

Wes Moore Family

Wes Moore married his wife, Dawn, on July 6, 2007. Together, they have two children, Mia (born in 2011) and James (born in 2014). The Moores moved out of their Riverside home by late 2008, purchasing a home for $1.2 million in the Guilford community in north Baltimore and keeping their Riverside home as a rental.

Wes Moore Political Career

Wes Moore

In 1998 and 1999, Wes interned for Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke. In 2013, Wes declared that he had “no interest” in running for public office, instead, he preferred to focus on his business and volunteer work.

Later in 2013, Attorney General Doug Gansler said that he considered having Wes as his running mate in the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial election, in which he eventually ran with state Delegate Jolene Ivey.

In 2015, Wes was seen as a potential candidate in the 2016 Baltimore mayoral election but he declined to run, saying that the “best way for me to serve is to fulfill the promise I’ve made to the students at BridgeEdU.”

However, in February 2021, Moore announced he was “seriously considering” a run for Governor of Maryland in the 2022 election. To prove his seriousness, he already launched his gubernatorial campaign on June 7, 2021. He picked Aruna Miller as his running mate. Aruna is a former state delegate who represented Maryland’s 15th district from 2010 to 2019.

During the primary, Wes received endorsements from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Prince George’s County executive Angela Alsobrooks, Oprah Winfrey, and former Governor Parris Glendening. Wes also received backing from the Maryland State Education Association and VoteVets.org.

Wes won the Democratic primary on July 19, 2022, defeating former Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, and Comptroller Peter Franchot with 32.4 percent of the vote. In the general election, Wes will face five opponents – Dan Cox, Nancy Wallace, David Lashar, David Harding, and Kyle Sefcik.

If elected, Wes will become Maryland’s first Black governor and the first veteran to become governor since William Donald Schaefer. On August 25, 2022, Wes received the endorsement of President Joe Biden.

All these are auspices promising victory for Wes in the forthcoming general election on November 8, 2022.

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