Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey is endorsing Republican Ashley Moody as Florida’s next Attorney General.
“There is no better choice to serve Floridians as our next Attorney General than Ashley Moody,” Ivey said in a statement Thursday. “Her strong and reasoned approach to the criminal issues that plague our state will have a lasting impact on the safety of our communities.
“I’m proud to endorse her and hope you will join me in ensuring Ashley Moody is Florida’s next Attorney General.”
“A strong voice in support of law enforcement and our constitutional rights, Sheriff Ivey has proven to be a successful and beloved leader in his community,” Moody responded. “He is devoted to his deputies and the people he serves. I’m humbled and honored to have his support.”
Moody, a fifth-generation Floridian, is a native of Hillsborough County. She attended the University of Florida where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and juris doctor. Moody attended Stetson University College of Law, earning a Masters of Law in International Law.
Later, Moody joined the United States Attorney’s Office prosecuting drug, firearm and fraud offenses. While a federal prosecutor, the Drug Enforcement Administration commended Moody for prosecutorial excellence and outstanding initiative in drug law enforcement. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also acknowledged her for leading “Operation Round-Up,” a targeted prosecution of violent and repeat offenders.
In 2006, at the age of 31, Moody became the youngest judge in Florida when elected Circuit Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. As a judge, she founded the Attorney Ad Litem program recruiting volunteer attorneys to stand in the place of parents who did not appear in court with their children. Moody also developed a mentoring program for at-risk children within the juvenile delinquency system. Ashley previously served as the president of two American Inns of Court and chaired both the Pro Bono and Professionalism Committees for Hillsborough County.
Moody lives with her husband, Justin, a federal law enforcement agent, in Tampa with their two sons, Brandon and Connor.