Matt Moore (politician)

Matt Moore
Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party
Assumed office
June 8, 2013
Preceded by Chad Connelly
Personal details
Born Donald Matthew Moore
(1982-04-22) April 22, 1982
Tifton, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Meg
Alma mater Georgia Institute of
University of South Carolina,

Donald Matthew "Matt" Moore (born April 22, 1982) is an American politician who has served as chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party since 2013.[1] From June 8, 2013 until April 11, 2015, he was the youngest state chairman in America's two major political parties.[2]

Moore is a regular commentator for Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. On June 12, 2014, Moore earned The New York Times "Quotation of the Day" for describing the power of grassroots activists in the social media era.[3]

On May 2, 2015, Moore was re-elected to a second term. He won 83% of the vote.[4]

In April 2016, Moore was mentioned as a possible candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee.[5] An editorial in The Post and Courier stated the "Republican National Committee probably needs to move Matt Moore to the top of its short list." [6]

Early life, education, and early career

Moore was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia. Moore attended Georgia Tech, where he majored in industrial engineering. At Georgia Tech, Moore was a Presidential Scholar, the highest academic scholarship awarded to undergraduate students. He graduated with honors in 2005. After working for Republican political organizations in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C., Moore moved to South Carolina in 2007.

Moore attended business school at the University of South Carolina, where in 2014 he earned a master’s degree in Economics.[7]

He served as the South Carolina Republican Party's executive director during the 2011-2012 election cycle and as a senior staffer for United States Senator Tim Scott before his election.

Personal life

Moore has two siblings, including a twin brother. He married Meg LeHeup in 2011.

Despite being in rival parties, Moore is friends with South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison. They co-taught a class together at University of South Carolina during the fall semester of 2015.[8]


  1. "Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals". CNN. CNN. June 8, 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  2. "South Carolina Has Youngest, Second-Youngest State Party Chairs in Nation". Free-Times. Resort Media LLC. June 10, 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  3. "Quotation of the Day for Thursday, June 12, 2014". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. June 12, 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  4. "Matt Moore gets 2nd 2-year term as SC Republican chairman". Associated Press. Worldnow/Raycom. May 2, 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  5. "Backstage maneuvering begins in wide-open GOP chairman's race". The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. March 31, 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  6. "Matt Moore may be a party man, but he's no political hack". The (Charleston, S.C.) Post & Courier. Evening Post Industries. April 6, 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  7. "2012 S.C. Republican presidential primary a $50 million bonus for the state, study shows". Charleston Post and Courier. Evening Post Industries. January 11, 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  8. Landers, Elizabeth; Williams, Brenna (February 18, 2016). "Odd Couple: How a Republican and a Democrat became friends in South Carolina". CNN. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Chad Connelly
Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party
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