Jim Moody (born September 2, 1935) was a U.S. politican, and was a member of the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1993.
Moody was born in Richlands, Tazewell County, Virginia. He received his B.A., Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., 1957; M.P.A., Harvard University, 1967; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1973. After college he did stints in the Peace Corps and CARE assignments in Yugoslavia, Iran, and Pakistan, 1958-1965. After that he returned to the United States as an Economist for Federal Government, 1967-1969.
Moody was elected in a special election to the Wisconsin Assembly, 1977-1978, then springboarded and was elected, Wisconsin State Senate, 1979-1982. He has been a delegate to every Wisconsin State Democratic conventions, 1977-2004. He was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the four succeeding sessions of Congress (January 3, 1983-January 3, 1993). In 1988, he launched a U.S. Senate bid to succeed retiring Senator William Proxmire. Right before the filing deadline, Moody surprised many including ally Matt Flynn, and chose not to file against multi-millionaire Herb Kohl. Moody was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate. Initially Moody was the favorite until he got into a nasty primary battle with attorney Joe Checota, allowing obscure State Senator Russ Feingold to sneak up on them both. Moody has since flirted with runs for U.S. Congress, Mayor of Milwaukee, and Governor.
He is now a visiting professor, Health Policy institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa and is a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.