I'm Moe Davis. I was born and raised in Shelby, North Carolina. We had a farm in Rutherford County where my dad grew up where we had horses and black angus cows. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in criminal justice and I worked in law enforcement training at the North Carolina Department of Justice before I went to law school at North Carolina Central University. I've been a member of the North Carolina Bar since 1983, which is the same year I joined the Air Force. While in the Air Force, I earned a Master of Laws in government procurement law from the George Washington University School of Law and a Master of Laws in military law from the U.S. Army JAG School.
I'm best known for having served as the Chief Prosecutor for the terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After serving in that role for two years, I resigned when I was ordered to use evidence that was obtained by torture. Later, I was head of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division at the Congressional Research Service; a law professor at the Howard University School of Law; and an administrative law judge at the U.S. Department of Labor. I've written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and I've appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and NPR.
I retired in 2019 and moved back home to western North Carolina. I was the Democratic Party nominee for the NC 11 congressional seat in 2020. My wife and I have a rescue cat named Mika and a rescue dog named Maggie.