Former Attorney General of Mississippi
Moore was first elected as Attorney General in 1987 and was re-elected three times. Before his 16 years as Mississippi's Attorney General, he served as District Attorney on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for two terms.
Moore is now head of Mike Moore Law Firm LLC in Jackson, Mississippi. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, which is funded by money from the tobacco settlement. Moore also sits on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and on the Advisory Board of Prepaid Legal, Inc.
Mr. Moore received national attention in 1994, when he filed the first suit against 13 tobacco companies, making Mississippi the first state to insist that cigarette manufacturers reimburse the State for costs it incurred treating smoking related illnesses. The suit resulted in a $4.1 billion settlement for the State of Mississippi. Moore also led the national effort, which resulted in a $246 billion recovery for all of the states, and helped craft the landmark settlement of the Ayers higher education desegregation lawsuit that began in 1975.
In 1992, Moore became the first resident Mississippian to be selected as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Americans by the National Jaycees. Recognized by his peers as a leader, in 1994 his fellow Attorneys General bestowed upon him the prestigious Wyman Award, naming him the most outstanding attorney general in the nation. He also served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General. In 1998 the National Law Journal named him "Lawyer of the Year," and Governing Magazine named him "Public Official of the Year." The National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids presented him with their "Champion Award" for a decade of service in protecting America's young people from tobacco addiction and his role in protecting the nation's health.
Mr. Moore has been involved in helping young people in the state of Mississippi with after school and mentoring programs. With the help of the Mississippi Legislature and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Mr. Moore has doubled the number of Boys and Girls Clubs in the state. He has recruited more than 5,000 mentors for young people with help from business, religious, and education communities throughout the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mississippi program and the Mississippi Mentoring Network, which he created. He served as a National Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.