Robert S. Moore, Jr., of Arkansas City, was elected chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission at a special called meeting on March 9, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

He replaces former Chairman Tom Schueck who died last week at the age of 78.

Moore was appointed to the commission by then-Gov. Mike Beebe in 2013. His term on the commission expires in January 2023.

Moore 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 in 2011.

Moore’s public service began in 1974 as an Assistant Attorney General for Jim Guy Tucker. In 1977, Gov. David Pryor appointed Moore as chairman of the Arkansas Transportation Commission (which at that time regulated intrastate trucking). He served in that position until 1981. In early 1986, Moore joined Gov. Bill Clinton’s staff. In 1987, Clinton appointed Moore to serve as the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. He served in that position for two decades.

Moore also serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling and 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.

Moore and his wife Beverly live on their farm outside of Arkansas City.