Memorable moments in Jim Moran’s career


Rep. Jim Moran calls political colleagues from his Capitol Hill office Wednesday, the morning he announced his decision not to seek reelection to Congress. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
January 15
Memorable moments in Moran’s career

1985: Moran is elected mayor of Alexandria after several years on the City Council and then serving as vice mayor.

1990: Moran is elected to Congress in a tight race against Rep. Stanford Parris (R). Redistricting made his seat more Democratic after that.

1991: Moran votes against authorizing the use of force against Iraq in the Persian Gulf War. (Moran also voted against authorizing force against Iraq in 2002).

1995: Moran shoves Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) off the House floor after an argument over whether Moran was supportive of troops deployed to Iraq. Colleagues and the U.S. Capitol Police intervene to break things up.

1997: Moran co-founds the New Democrat Coalition, a group dedicated to advancing more fiscally moderate, business-friendly policies within the party.

1998: Moran receives a $447,500 home refinancing package from MBNA on terms that some experts called unusually favorable. At the time, Moran was backing a bankruptcy reform bill supported by the bank. Moran denies that the two issues were linked or that he received any special treatment.

1999: Moran borrows $25,000 at below-market interest from Terry Lierman, then a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical giant Schering-Plough. Moran soon signs onto a bill extending the company’s lucrative patent on the allergy drug Claritin. Moran denies any wrongdoing, and Lierman says he gave Moran the loan because they were friends.

2003: At an antiwar forum, Moran says: “If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this.” After criticism from Jewish groups and others, he apologizes.

2004: In part because of his comments about Jews, Moran faces his toughest Democratic primary. But he prevails against lawyer Andrew Rosenberg, taking 59 percent of the vote.

2010: After many years on the House Appropriations Committee, Moran becomes chairman of the Interior subcommittee, giving him a big say on funding for environmental programs — one of his top priorities in Congress.

2012: Moran’s son, Patrick Moran, is seen on a video by conservative activist James O’Keefe offering guidance on how to skirt Virginia’s voter-identification laws to someone posing as a campaign worker. Patrick Moran resigns from his father’s campaign as a result of the incident.

2014: Moran announces his retirement.

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