Judith Moriarty

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Judith Moriarty
Missouri Secretary of State
In office
GovernorMel Carnahan
Preceded byRoy Blunt
Succeeded byRichard Hanson
Personal details
Political partyLibertarian (since 2005)
Other political
Democratic (before 2005)

Judith K. Moriarty (born February 2, 1942) is an American politician from Missouri, first with the Democratic Party, switching to the Libertarian Party in 2005. She was the first woman to serve as Missouri Secretary of State.

Moriarty was born Judith Spry in Fairfield, Missouri, the daughter of Earl and Blanch Spry, she graduated from high school in Warsaw, Missouri, and attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

Moriarty settled in Sedalia, Missouri, and became active in state and local politics, she was appointed to run the local license fee office by Governor Joe Teasdale in 1977. In 1982, Moriarty was elected county clerk of Pettis County, she was re-elected in 1986 and 1990.

In 1992, Moriarty was elected as Missouri's secretary of state, she was sworn into office January 11, 1993, becoming the first woman to hold that position. She caused a stir early in her term when she announced that the Official Manual State of Missouri, published by the secretary of state and often referred to as the "Blue Book" because of its traditional blue cover, would instead be published with a mauve cover as a tribute to the role of women in Missouri politics.[1]


In 1994, Moriarty was accused of using her position as secretary of state to help her son file for political office after the deadline had passed by back-dating a form issued by her office.[citation needed] Moriarty was impeached by the Missouri House of Representatives and was removed from office by the Missouri Supreme Court. Governor Mel Carnahan appointed Bekki Cook as Moriarty's successor.[2][3][4]

In 2002, Moriarty attempted a political comeback, she ran for the Missouri House of Representatives seat representing the Sedalia area but was defeated in the November election.[5]

In 2005, she left the Democratic Party and aligned with the Libertarian Party. Moriarty reportedly considered running for governor in 2008, but did not meet the filing deadline.[6]


  1. ^ "This Week In Local History". Replay.waybackmachine.org. 2003-04-13. Archived from the original on May 18, 2005. Retrieved 2011-03-31.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "EXECUTIVE ORDER 94-100". sos.mo.gov. 1994-12-04. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
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  4. ^ [2] | DEC. 12, 1994 | UPI ARCHIVES | Supreme Court impeaches Moriarty | https://www.upi.com/Archives/1994/12/12/Supreme-Court-impeaches-Moriarty/2460787208400/]
  5. ^ "An impeached Secretary of the State is in the running for a House seat". Mdn.org. 2002-02-26. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  6. ^ "thirdpartywatch.com". thirdpartywatch.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
Political offices
Preceded by
Roy Blunt
Missouri Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Richard Hanson