Jerry Moran

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Jerry Moran
Jerry Moran.jpg
U.S. Senate, Kansas
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSam Brownback (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$8,629,426
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1997-2011
Kansas State Senate
1989-1997
Education
High schoolPlainville High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
J.D.Kansas University School of Law
Personal
BirthdayMay 29, 1954
Place of birthGreat Bend, Kansas
Net worth$826,009.50
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jerry Moran (b. May 29, 1954, in Great Bend, KS) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Kansas. Moran was first elected to the Senate in 2010.[1]

He previously represented the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2011 and the Kansas State Senate from 1989 to 1997.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Moran is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Moran was born in 1954 in Great Bend, KS, but was raised in Plainville, KS. After graduating from Plainville High School, Moran went on to earn his B.S. at the University of Kansas in 1976, and his J.D. at Kansas University School of Law in 1981. Moran has also worked as a bank officer.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Moran's political career[1]:

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Moran serves on the following Senate committees[2][3]:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Members
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Veterans' Affairs Committee

2011-2012

Moran served on the following Senate committees[4]:

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Moran's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Moran voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[7]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[8] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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 will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[9] Moran joined with 19 other Republican senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[10][11] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[11] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[12] It included a 1% 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Moran voted with the 17 Republican and the 55 Democratic members in favor of the bill.[10][11]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[13] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Moran voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[14]

Statement on government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

A shutdown solution was signed into law on October 17, 2013, with Moran voting in favor of the measure. He released an official statement regarding the shutdown solution:

"I share Kansans’ frustration with Washington’s habit of crisis-to-crisis governing. This latest standoff offered a rare opportunity for Congress and the president to change course, make real reductions in spending, lower federal deficits, and address the unfunded liabilities that threaten U.S. solvency. Unfortunately, none of that happened. This good-faith deal calms fear of default for now, but we must take advantage of the next 90 days to finally work together and get our spending under control."[15]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Moran voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[7]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Moran voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[7] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Moran was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[7]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "Yes" Moran voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Moran voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Moran voted for 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Jerry Moran's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Moran is a Hard-Core Conservative. Moran received a score of 18 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[17]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[18]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[17]

National security

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[19][20][21]

Moran was 1 of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[22][23]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[24][25]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[26]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Moran won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Lisa Johnston (D), Michael Wm. Dann (L), and Joseph K. Bellis (Reformed Party) in the general election.[27]

U.S. Senate, Kansas General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Moran 70.1% 587,175
     Democratic Lisa Johnston 26.4% 220,971
     Libertarian Michael Wm. Dann 2.1% 17,922
     Reformed Joseph "Joe" K. Bellis 1.4% 11,624
Total Votes 837,692

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Moran is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Moran raised a total of $8,629,426 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[28]

Jerry Moran's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Kansas) Won $4,154,081
2008 U.S. House (Kansas, District 1) Won $1,745,101
2006 U.S. House (Kansas, District 1) Won $970,213
2004 U.S. House (Kansas, District 1) Won $724,488
2002 U.S. House (Kansas, District 1) Won $489,427
2000 U.S. House (Kansas, District 1) Won $546,116
Grand Total Raised $8,629,426

Personal Gain Index

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

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-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 four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

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
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Moran's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $414,019 and $1,238,000. That averages to $826,009.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Moran ranked as the 68th most wealthy senator in 2012.[29] Between 2004 and 2012, Moran's calculated net worth[30] increased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[31]

Jerry Moran Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$667,281
2012$826,009
Growth from 2004 to 2012:24%
Average annual growth:3%[32]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[33]
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.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Moran is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 21, 2013.[34]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[35]

Moran most often votes with:

Moran least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Moran missed 27 of 578 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[36]

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 $1,874,999 in 2011. He ranks 10th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 12th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Kansas ranks 20th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[37]

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.

2012

Moran ranked 29th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[38]

2011

Moran ranked 30th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[39]

Voting with party

2013

Moran voted with the Republican Party 91.3 percent of the time, which ranked 12th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Moran lives in Kansas with his wife, Robba, and their two daughers, Kelsey and Alex.[41]

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See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bioguide, "Jerry Moran," accessed June 21, 2013
  2. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  3. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  4. Official Senate website, "Committee assignments," accessed October 18, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Project Vote Smart, "Jerry Moran Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  8. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  9. New York Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. WatchDog.org, "5 Kansas stances on the government shutdown solution," accessed October 23, 2013
  16. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 On The Issues, "Jerry Moran Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014
  18. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  19. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  20. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  21. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  22. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  23. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  24. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  25. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  26. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  28. Open Secrets, "Jerry Moran," accessed April 3, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets, "Jerry Moran (R-KS), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  30. This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  31. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  32. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  33. 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.
  34. GovTrack, "Jerry Moran," accessed June 21, 2013
  35. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jerr Moran," accessed August 2, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Jerry Moran," accessed March 29, 2013
  37. LegiStorm, "Jerry Moran," accessed 2012
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 28, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  41. Official Senate website, "Biography," accessed October 18, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Sam Brownback
U.S. Senate - Kansas
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Pat Roberts
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas, District 1
1997-2011
Succeeded by
Tim Huelskamp (R)
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
Kansas State Senate
1997-2011
Succeeded by
Tim Huelskamp (R)