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Jim Moran
Jim Moran.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 8
Former Representative
In office
1991-2015
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorStanford E. Parris (R)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1985-1990
Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1982-1984
City Council of Alexandria, Virginia
1979-1982
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of the Holy Cross
Master'sUniversity of Pittsburgh
Personal
Date of birthMay 16, 1945
Place of birthBuffalo, New York
ProfessionInvestment Broker, Civil Servant
Net worth$8,000.50
James P. "Jim" Moran (b. May 16, 1945, in Buffalo, N.Y.) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia's 8th Congressional District.

Biography

Moran was born in Buffalo, New York. After earning his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1967, Moran attended the Bernard Baruch School of Finance, City University of New York for several years before pursuing his M.P.A. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. He later attended the University of Southern California for one year.[1]

Career

The following is an abbreviated outline of Moran's professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Moran served on the following committees:[2]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Ranking member)
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

2011-2012

Moran served on the following committees:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[3] For more information pertaining to Moran's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Moran voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[5]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Moran voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[5]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Moran voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[5]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Moran voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[6] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[5]

Economy

Farm bill

Neutral/Abstain On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[7] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[8][9] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[9] Moran did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[10][11] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[11] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[12] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Moran joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[10][11]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Moran voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Prior to the vote Moran said, "I used to be really proud of this institution. I used to be able to go through my community and, many of those who have served as long as I have, know what it was like to be proud to be a member of Congress. We know what the government can do. This bill doesn’t allow the government to do what it can to improve the lives of our people. We need to believe in this government again. We need to do what this Congress is meant to do!"[16]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Moran voted for HR 2775.[18]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Moran voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Moran has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Moran voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png Moran voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

According to Moran's website, his campaign themes included:[24]

  • Economy: "It is fiscally and morally irresponsible to allow the wealthiest Americans to continue to benefit from reduced taxes while attempting to balance the budget on the backs of working Americans, seniors and our children."
  • Environment: "...committed to supporting programs and legislation that promote environmental stewardship and develop sustainable and renewable energy sources."
  • Healthcare: "...been a steadfast advocate for the most vulnerable in our society and has consistently fought for legislation that will increase healthcare coverage for low-income children and families."

Ethics investigation

Along with six other members of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which controls Pentagon spending, Moran fell under scrutiny by ethics investigators in the fall of 2009. Two separate ethics offices examined the seven lawmakers who helped steer federal funds to clients of the PMA Group. John P. Murtha (D-Penn.), Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), Moran, Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) also received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients.[25]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Moran did not seek re-election in 2014.[26]

2012

See also: Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Moran won re-election in 2012. He defeated Bruce Shuttleworth in the June 12 Democratic primary. He defeated Jason Howell (I), Patrick Murray (R) and Janet Murphy (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[27][28]

U.S. House, Virginia District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moran Incumbent 64.6% 226,847
     Republican Patrick Murray 30.6% 107,370
     Independent Jason Howell 2.9% 10,180
     Green Janet Murphy 1.7% 5,985
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 805
Total Votes 351,187
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Virginia District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moran Incumbent 74.2% 23,018
Bruce Shuttleworth 25.8% 8,006
Total Votes 31,024

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracked the fundraising events Moran attended.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Moran's reports.[40]

Comprehensive donor information for Moran is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Moran raised a total of $8,935,253 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[46]

Jim Moran's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,102,046
2010 U.S. House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,312,117
2008 U.S. House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,286,993
2006 U.S. House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,339,440
2004 U.S. House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,761,473
2002 U.S. House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,106,093
2000 U.S. House (Virginia, District 8) Won $1,027,091
Grand Total Raised $8,935,253

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Moran made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Moran had received more than $47,000 from top defense firms.[47]

2012


Moran won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Moran's campaign committee raised a total of $1,102,047 and spent $1,170,285.[48]

Cost per vote

Moran spent $5.16 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Moran's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Moran won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Moran's campaign committee raised a total of $1,312,117 and spent $1,376,173.[49]

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Moran's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,001 to $15,000. That averages to $8,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Moran ranked as the 404th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2004 and 2012, Moran‘s calculated net worth[51] decreased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

Jim Moran Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$9,819,622
2012$8,000.50
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-100%
Average annual growth:-12%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.
Compensation comments

In April 2014, Moran said, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” He argued that members of Congress should be paid more because they have to keep a residence in their home state and in Washington D.C., adding some members "rent 'tiny' apartments to save money."[55]

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Moran received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Real Estate industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Virginia's 8th Congressional District was Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[56]

From 1989-2014, 27.55 percent of Moran's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[57]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Jim Moran Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $14,823,099
Total Spent $13,832,009
Top industry in the districtProfessional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$949,525
Misc Defense$878,178
Lobbyists$844,249
Computers/Internet$757,088
Defense Electronics$654,345
% total in top industry6.41%
% total in top two industries12.33%
% total in top five industries27.55%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Moran was a "far-left Democratic leader," as of August 2014.[58] This was the same rating Moran received in July 2013.[59]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracked the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she voted most and least often. The results included a member from each party.[60]

Moran most often voted with:

Moran least often voted with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Moran missed 814 of 15,483 roll call votes from January 1991 to August 2014. This amounted to 5.3 percent, which was worse than the median of 2.5 percent among congressional representatives as of August 2014.[61]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Moran paid his congressional staff a total of $1,030,406 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranked 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[62]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Moran ranked 70th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[63]

2012

Moran ranked 101st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[64]

2011

Moran ranked 104th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[65]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Moran voted with the Democratic Party 92 percent of the time, which ranked 130th among the 204 House Democratic members as of August 2014.[66]

2013

Moran voted with the Democratic Party 93.2 percent of the time, which ranked 97th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[67]

Personal

Moran and his wife, LuAnn Bennett, have four children and four grandchildren.[68] The first concert he attended was the Rolling Stones. He lists Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. as his greatest inspirations.[69]

In the news

In October 2012, Moran's son, Patrick Moran, resigned from his position on his father's campaign after a video by James O'Keefe showed Patrick Moran offering advice to an undercover videographer who claimed to want to commit voter fraud.[70]

In December 2012, Patrick Moran pleaded guilty to felony and domestic violence charges that arose after he assaulted his girlfriend outside of a nightclub. The assault, which occurred on December 1, 2012, left Moran's girlfriend with bloody nose and a fractured skull. Jim Moran called the assault an "embarrassing situation."[71]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "James P. Moran," accessed November 9, 2011
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Moran's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  6. The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
  7. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  8. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
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  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Daily Caller, "Democrat freaks out over Obamacare defunding vote: ‘We need to believe in this government again!’," accessed September 23, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Moran's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Moran's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 15, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Moran on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. Jim Moran for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 20, 2012
  25. Washington Post, "7 on defense panel scrutinized," October 30, 2009
  26. Roll Call, "Virginia’s Moran Announces Retirement From Congress," accessed January 15, 2014
  27. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results"
  28. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
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  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Moran Summary Report," accessed June 26, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
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  44. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for James Moran," accessed April 4, 2013
  47. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," accessed July 11, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Moran Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Jim Moran 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 10, 2011
  50. OpenSecrets, "Moran, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. Huffington Post, "Dem Rep Complains That Members Of Congress Are 'Underpaid'," April 4, 2014
  56. Census.gov, "My Congressional District," accessed September 25, 2014
  57. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Bobby Scott," accessed September 25, 2014
  58. GovTrack, "Moran" accessed September 5, 2014
  59. GovTrack, "Moran" accessed July 2, 2013
  60. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jim Moran," accessed September 5, 2014
  61. GovTrack, "James Moran," accessed September 5, 2014
  62. LegiStorm, "Jim Moran," accessed September 13, 2012
  63. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," September 5, 2014
  64. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  65. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  66. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  67. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  68. Jim Moran campaign website, "About Jim," accessed November 9, 2011
  69. Roll Call, "Take Five," accessed November 4, 2013
  70. Talking Points Memo, "Rep. Jim Moran’s Son Resigns Over James O’Keefe Video," October 24, 2012
  71. Weekly Standard, "Congressman's Son Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Girlfriend--Bloodies Nose, Fractures Skull," December 12, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Stanford E. Parris
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 8
1991-2015
Succeeded by
Don Beyer
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Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1985-1990
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Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
1982-1984
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City Council of Alexandria, Virginia
1979-1982
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