Commissioner Robert S. Moore, Jr., of Arkansas City, was appointed to the Arkansas Highway Commission by Governor Mike Beebe effective January 22, 2013. He has served as Chairman of the Commission since March of 2020.
Moore’s term on the Highway Commission will continue until January of 2023.
He is a graduate of McGehee High School, Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas Law School. He served five years’ active duty as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam as an Army Pilot.
Moore is a three-term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives and represented the 12th District in southeast Arkansas. He was elected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the House during his final term in the legislature.
At the outset of his term as Speaker, Moore’s stated priority was to find a new major source of funding for Arkansas Highways.
Working across party lines, he and his fellow representatives were able to get the measure calling for a ½ cent sales tax increase passed and to the people for a vote.
Its’ passage in November of 2012 paved the way for a permanent ½ cent sales tax hike approved by voters in November of 2020 which will provide funding for highway projects starting in July of 2023.
Prior to his time in the legislature, Governor David Pryor appointed Moore as chairman of the Arkansas Transportation Commission (which at that time regulated Intrastate Trucking) in 1977 where he served until 1981. In early 1986, he joined the staff of Governor Bill Clinton and, in 1987, was appointed by Clinton as Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. He served in that capacity for two decades, being reappointed by Governors Tucker and Huckabee. In 1992-93, Moore served as President of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators.
He also serves, by appointment of Governor Hutchinson, as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling.
Moore is an active member of a number of civic organizations statewide. In recognition of his work promoting tourism, he was inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame in 2019.
He is Owner/Operator of Moore Farms.
Moore and his wife Beverly live on their farm outside of Arkansas City.