James Moran (D-Va.)

U.S. Representative (since January 1991)

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Why He Matters

Moran has sat as a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which awards contracts and federal funds throughout the nation. By using his influence on the committee, Moran has secured millions for northern Virginia's 8th district. The congressman has also served as a ranking member on the Subcomittee on the Interior and Environment, and on the Defense and Military Construction Subcomittees.

Moran is known for his blunt and often politically-incorrect remarks. He has faced criticism for his views on the Iraq war, blaming Jewish interest groups for plunging the U.S. into the conflict. He's also been ensnarled in scandals, including the investigation into the lobbying firm PMA Group that was accused of trading earmarks for campaign funds. The House ethics committee has exonerated Moran.

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Longtime Northern Virginia Democratic congressman James Moran to retire

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The Northern Virginia Democrat is serving his 12th term in an overwhelmingly Democratic district.

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James Moran (D-Va.)

U.S. Representative (since January 1991)


House Democrats plot strategy against long odds to win back chamber

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Party needs to pick up 17 seats in midterm election but it is expected to lose ground.


Jim Moran’s son resigns from campaign amid video furor

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In undercover video, son discusses possible voter fraud with an activist posing as a campaign worker.


At a Glance

  • Career History: Alexandria, Va. Mayor (1985-1990); Alexandria, Va. Vice Mayor (1982-1984); Alexandria, Va. City Council (1979-1982)
  • Birthday: May 16, 1945
  • Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Alma Mater: Attended City University of New York (1967-1968); University of Pittsburgh, MPA, 1970
  • Spouse: Separated (LuAnn)
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Committees: House Appropriations Committee
  • DC Office: 2239 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC, 202/225-4376
  • State/District Office: Alexandria, 703/971-4700
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Path to Power

Born in 1945 in Buffalo, N.Y., Moran was raised as one of seven children in an Irish family in the Boston suburb of Natick.

Moran attended Holy Cross College on a football scholarship. After a brief career as a stockbroker and a stint at graduate school, Moran moved to Washington, D.C. He held jobs with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Library of Congress before landing a staff position on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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The Issues

During the 111th Congress, Moran voted with House Democrats 97 percent of the time.

Moran is a liberal on social issues, supporting abortion rights and same-sex marriage rights.

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The Network

Moran's brother, Virginia Del. Brian Moran (D), lost the 2009 Virgina gubernatorial primary to state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D).

In Congress, Moran has a close personal relationship with Terry Lierman, chief of staff to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). He was close to the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.).


Additional Resources

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  2. Robillard, Kevin, "Checking Jim Moran: Was Obama's race behind Democrats' midterm losses in 2010?" TBD.com, Feb. 1, 2011
  3. Seelye, Katherine Q., The New York Times Prescriptions Blog, Aug, 26, 2009
  4. "Virginia State Board of Elections"
  5. Yachnin, Jennifer, "Democrats Set Out To Heal Divisions" Roll Call, Nov. 20, 1996
  6. Battiata, Mary, "Alexandria's Moran: On the Rise" The Washington Post, Nov. 30, 1982
  7. Barakat, Matthew, "Pentagon on oil drilling off Virginia: You'd be in our way" The Virginian-Pilot, May 19, 2010
  8. Akers, Mary Ann and Paul Kane, "Moran Gets an Earful After Running His Mouth" The Washington Post, Sept. 27, 2007 Brown, Tom, "Battle Lines" The Seattle Times, March 11, 2003
  9. Barrett, Ted, "Lawmaker under fire for saying Jews support Iraq war" CNN, March 12, 2003
  10. Kirkpatrick, David D., and Nixon, Ron, The New York Times, "Brother's Role in Congress Carries Weight in Race," April 16, 2009
  11. Pershing, Ben, "Moran won't stray from winning ways" The Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2010
  12. Project Vote Smart, accessed March 2, 2011
  13. Jenkins, Chris L., "GOP's Tate Focuses on Loans to Moran" The Washington Post, Oct. 31, 2002
  14. Akers, Mary Ann and Paul Kane, "Moran Gets an Earful After Running His Mouth" The Washington Post, Sept. 27, 2007
  15. Helderman, Rosalind S., "Moran Defends Public Option" The Washington Post, Aug. 26, 2009
  16. "Washington Post 2010 Election Results"
  17. Reilly, Daniel J., "Hoyer Hires Friend as Chief of Staff" Politico, July 11, 2007
  18. Smith, R. Jeffrey, "Thin wall separates lobbyist contributions and earmarks" The Washington Post, March 7, 2010
  19. "Washington Post Votes Database"