Jerry Moran

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Jerry Moran
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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$777,009
Office website
Campaign website
Jerry Moran (b. May 29, 1954, in Great Bend, Kansas) 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 serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

  • 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[3]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7][8][9]

Moran was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

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."[14]


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 suspended 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.[6]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Moran voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[6] 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.[8] Moran was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[6]

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.

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]


Completion of fence along Mexico 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.[6]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 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.[6]

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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]



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.[17]

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.[18]

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


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.[19]

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.[20]

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 Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.7%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[21]

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.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Moran's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $386,019 and $1,168,000. That averages to $777,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 1.17% from 2010.[23]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Moran's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $385,018 and $1,151,000. That averages to $768,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[24]

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 29th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[25]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Moran ranked 30th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.[26]

Voting with party


Jerry Moran voted with the Republican Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 12th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[27]

Recent news

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Moran lives in Kansas with his wife, Robba, and their two daughers, Kelsey and Alex.[28]

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. Official Senate website "Committee assignments," Accessed October 18, 2011
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Project Votesmart, "Jerry Moran Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  7. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  8. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  9. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  10. 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
  11. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 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. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Jerry Moran" April 3, 2013
  19. Gov Track "Jerry Moran," Accessed June 21, 2013
  20. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jerr Moran," Accessed August 2, 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Jerry Moran," Accessed March 29, 2013
  22. LegiStorm "Jerry Moran"
  23., "Moran, (R-Kan), 2011"
  24., "Moran, (R-Kansas), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 18, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Sam Brownback
U.S. Senate - Kansas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
U.S. House of Representatives - Kansas, District 1
Succeeded by
Tim Huelskamp (R)
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
Kansas State Senate
Succeeded by
Tim Huelskamp (R)