Jerry Moran

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Jerry Moran
Jerry Moran.jpg
U.S. Senate, Kansas
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorSam Brownback (R)
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
Kansas State Senate
High schoolPlainville High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas
J.D.Kansas University School of Law
Date of birthMay 29, 1954
Place of birthGreat Bend, Kansas
Net worth$826,009.50
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.


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]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



Moran served 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


Moran served on the following Senate committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress


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.[5] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). 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

Nay3.png 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]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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

Yea3.png 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 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 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

Yea3.png 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

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

Nay3.png 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]


Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png 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)

Yea3.png 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

Yea3.png 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]


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] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement." The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Moran was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[19]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[20] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[21]

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.[22][23][24]

Moran was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[25][26]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[27][28]

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."[29]



On November 2, 2010, Moran (R) 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.[30]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Moran attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

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.[31]

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

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
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, 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.[32] Between 2004 and 2012, Moran's calculated net worth[33] 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.[34]

Jerry Moran Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:24%
Average annual growth:3%[35]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[36]
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.

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, 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 Crop Production & Basic Processing industry.

From 1995-2014, 23.6 percent of Moran's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[37]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Jerry Moran Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $11,089,837
Total Spent $10,317,936
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$744,572
Agricultural Services/Products$566,587
Health Professionals$464,710
Commercial Banks$433,060
Oil & Gas$407,796
% total in top industry6.71%
% total in top two industries11.82%
% total in top five industries23.6%


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Moran was a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 23, 2014. This was the same rating Moran received in June 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Moran most often votes with:

Moran least often votes 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 82 of 1,016 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 8.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.[40]

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 ranked 10th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 12th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Kansas ranked 20th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[41]

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.


Moran ranked 16th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[42]


Moran ranked 29th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[43]


Moran ranked 30th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[44]

Voting with party

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


Moran voted with the Republican Party 91.6 percent of the time, which ranked 6th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[45]


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.[46]


Moran lives in Kansas with his wife, Robba, and their two daughers, Kelsey and Alex.[47]

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See also

External links


  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 Project Vote Smart, "Jerry Moran Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  8., "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., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  15., "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. The Wall Street Journal, "Text of GOP Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders on Nuclear Talks," March 9, 2015
  20. Fox News, "Firestorm erupts over GOP letter challenging Obama's power to approve Iran nuclear deal," March 10, 2015
  21. Ut San Diego, "Traitors or patriots? Senator's letter to Iran creates firestorm," March 11, 2015
  22. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  23. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  24. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  25. 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
  26. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  27. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  28. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  29. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Jerry Moran," accessed April 3, 2013
  32. OpenSecrets, "Jerry Moran (R-KS), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  33. 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.
  34. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  35. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  36. 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.
  37., "Sen. Jerry Moran," accessed September 18, 2014
  38. GovTrack, "Jerry Moran," accessed July 23, 2014
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jerr Moran," accessed July 23, 2014
  40. GovTrack, "Jerry Moran," accessed July 23, 2014
  41. LegiStorm, "Jerry Moran," accessed 2012
  42. National Journal, "2013 Senate Vote Ratings," accessed July 23, 2014
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 28, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. Official Senate website, "Biography," accessed October 18, 2011
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Sam Brownback
U.S. Senate - Kansas
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Preceded by
Pat Roberts
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas, District 1
Succeeded by
Tim Huelskamp (R)
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
Kansas State Senate
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Tim Huelskamp (R)